The Aladzha Monastery is an amazing and impressive place. It is a medieval Orthodox Christian cave monastery complex in northeastern Bulgaria, near Varna.
The monastery is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It was established around 12 – 13 century, but remains of a 5th-century cave monastery have been found nearby.
The monastery caves were hewn into a 25-m high vertical karst cliff near the upper edge of the Franga plateau on several levels. It’s difficult to imagine how monks lived there.
Today, it’s not an active monastery, but it’s a popular tourist destination.
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