Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (1979)
Bulgaria

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In the valley of the Roussenski Lom river, in north-east Bulgaria, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells developed in the vicinity of the village of Ivanovo. 

This is where the first hermits had dug out their cells and churches during the 12th century. The 14th-century murals testify to the exceptional skill of the artists belonging to the Tarnovo school of painting. 

  • Bulgaria 1997. Sculpture in a Rock Church at Ivanovo. 

  • Bulgaria 1985. Fresco of a soldier in a Rock Church at Ivanovo. The stamp commemorates the UNESCO's 40th anniversary, but also testifies to the designation of the Churches of Ivanovo as World Cultural Heritage. 

Scans by courtesy of Miomir Zivkovic (Serbia & Montenegro). 

Bulgaria 1997. Sculpture in a Rock Church at Ivanovo.

Bulgaria 1985. Fresco of a soldier in a Rock Church at Ivanovo. The stamp commemorates the UNESCO's 40th anniversary, but also testifies to the designation of the Churches of Ivanovo as World Cultural Heritage.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Bulgaria-section,  for further information about the individual properties. 

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