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Aladja Rock Monastery

Aladja is the best  known medieval rock monastery on  the Bulgarian Black  sea  coast  located at  some 14  km North-East  from Varna and about 3.5  km west of Golden  Sands resort. It is declared a protected historical site. Today, one can see some rooms, monk’s cells and a chapel, which  are embedded into the rocks at a height of 20 metres. The  chapel still keeps some medieval murals of the 14th century.

The monastery was founded in the 13th century in rock caves,  which had been used before – as early as the 4th – 6th centuries – by hermits and brotherhoods of monks.  It was  inhabited until the 18th century. There is also a small museum with an  ehibition hall. Models, sketches and photographs related to  the history of the monastery can be seen there. Also there is  a permanent  exhibition  of  copies  of medieval murals  of  12th – 16th centuries.

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