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Basarbovo 7071, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monastic complex is situated on the bank of a river. The complex consists of several small churches built in the rock and a large, recently built church. The monastic complex is very beautiful.

Thank Tufus92
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

The monastery is very well preserved, it is quite big in compharision with Ivanovo Rock Monastery. And this one is free of charge. This place is very charming with beautiful view. Watch your steps going up the stone stairs. I did it with no problems...More

Thank Legaga
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The stairs up to the caves are very nice. I've visited similar sites with horrible approaches. It's an interesting place. Better with a knowledgeable guide.

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Carved out and natural caves that have been made into monk cells as well as a chapel up above the main church. The new church interior is about 70 percent painted.It is lovely seeing how the painters are completing the pictures of icons and interior....More

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Wonderful place of worship, beautiful monastery and surroundings.It is a small monastery with interesting history and it is really nice to see it and spend some time around.

Thank mimmimargaret
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Basarbovo Monastery is located south of the Danube river, and about 6-7 miles from Ruse, (Bulgaria). It is so named because of its proximity to the town of Basarbovo and dedicated to St. Dimitri of Basatbovo, a resident of the monastery in the 17th century....More

Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed 9 November 2017

It's only a short detour shortly after entering Bulgaria from Bucharest, and well worth seeing. Pretty riverside location. Small monastery with many small caves cut into the hillside, and a good story of St Dimitrie - make sure you have a good guide, Doesn't take...More

Thank ChrisJS51
Reviewed 17 October 2017

St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery is an Orthodox monastery founded in the cave where St. Dimitrie lived. The scenery is wonderful. We found out that this is the only Monastery dug in the rock still inhabited from all over Bulgaria. Nice view of river Lom. Not...More

Thank Ermiza F
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We were on our way to the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo and took a detour to the Basarbovo Monastery - I'm really glad we did! This is a 20th century monastery and a living church. There are real monks and art in the church that...More

Thank Jenn M
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This is the new and active rock monastery. Mildly strenuous but short walk up the cliff stairs. Interesting site overall. Ancient living rooms, chapel, artifacts. 5 living monks have 2 masses daily and you will probably see some of them.

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Response from PalmDubai | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The easiest and quick way to visit the place is by taxi. Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the whole trip and visit. Since you are on a tour on the river, your agent should know about the organised visit to the monastery and... More