Day trip to Aladja Monastery

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Duration : 1 to 4 hours
Starting Price : 40USD/Person

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Day trip may start in Varna, Golden Sands or St. Constantine & Elena.

This is a combination of visiting monastery and hiking in virgin wood forest. Interesting flora, stones and bird may be seen on route. After hike is over, can drive you back to your hotel if needed. Aladzha Monastery was established 11-12th century when the hermits first inhabited it. However, its caves were inhabited early in the Byzantine period, as the monastery was under the influence of a religious teaching which was spread in Byzantine and Bulgaria at that time. 

The first archaeological finds, coins and pottery pieces were found in the caves.

The religious movement taught about the energy of God - "isichasm" or "hesychasm" (a religion with a main principle of silence and of isolation from the society). 

Under the influence of ‘isichasm’ the holy rock cloister experienced its heyday during the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. 

The life in Aladzha Monastery declined when Bulgaria fell under Ottoman Rule.

The name of Aladzha Monastery comes from the word of Turkish origin for colourful ("aladjha", ” aladja”) due most probably to the bright colours of its wall paintings, dating back to the early Middle Ages. 

Presumably all unique creations and frescoes in the monastery by the monks must have been bursting with colour at one time.

Differently coloured incredible frescoes dated back to 13th-14th century can be still seen on the walls of Aladzha Monastery, but only few of them are preserved.

Aladzha Monastery was declared a national monument of culture and antiquity. 

This is a combination of visiting monastery and hiking in virgin wood forest. Interesting flora, stones and bird may be seen on route. After hike is over, can drive you back to your hotel if needed.

 

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