Temple Monument of the Birth of Christ in Shipka "Rozhdestvo Hristovo" - Russian Church, Shipka, Bulgaria

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on September 13, 2009

The Temple Monument of the Birth of Christ in Shipka "Rozhdestvo Hristovo" - Russian Church, Shipka, Bulgaria

The Temple Monument of the Birth of Christ (Храм-паметник „Рождество Христово“, Hram-pametnik „Rozhdestvo Hristovo“), better known as the Shipka Monument Church or Shipka Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox church built near the town of Shipka in Stara Planina between 1885 and 1902 by Antoniy Tomishko under the direction of architect Alexander Pomerantsev. It is, together with the other parts of the Shipka Monument complex, dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers that died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78.

The church's bell tower reaches a height of 53 m and its bells, the heaviest of which weighs 12 tons, were cast from the cartridges that were collected after the battles. In the temple itself, the names of the Russian regiments and Bulgarian volunteers are inscribed on 34 marble plates. The remains of the perished are laid in 17 stone tombs in the church's crypt.

Surely this is one of the most beautiful churches in my native country Bulgaria and not for nothing it is one of the most visited places in Bulgaria. And not so far from the pictureful church, just over the top of mountain there you can go, visit and see the Shipka Monument connected to the battle between russian and bulgarians soldiers against turkish soldiers in Shipka pass in 1878. And the view from Shipka Pass is spectacular in all the directions.

Going down to the part north of the Pass Shipka you can go and visit many other churches, many monasteries in this area - Sokolski Monastery, Drianovski Monastery and the Cave just nearby "Bacho Kiro", Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo with all the churches and monasteries nearby, many villages like Arbanasi and Bojentsi, which saved the history architecture of Bulgaria and the small special village, which is an Open Air Museum called "Etara - Architectural-Ethnographic Complex". In the near future I will try to present you also these interesting places.

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Nick Weall on September 14, 2009

A Golden Star to you for this great shot with such fantastic information as well minipet thank you and congratulations ~ Ciao nick

Sandro & Cristina on September 14, 2009

Fantastico Mimi

Sandro & Cristina

Gabor Retei on September 15, 2009


Excellent shot with wonderful colors.

Regards from Port Moody, B.C. Canada, Gabe

Ivan Botev on September 16, 2009

Поздрави, хубави снимки си направила!

Faintlightofdawn on September 16, 2009

Great lighting, stunning perspective Mimi!

romulus111 on September 23, 2009

Pięknie skadrowany Super photo. Romulus

乾龍 on October 2, 2009

Very nice shot!!!

From Taiwan.Best wishes.乾龍

Ivan Dimitrov RAPTOR on November 20, 2009

Поздравления за прекрасната снимка!

Nadia Kushnir on December 13, 2009

Мими! Очень красивый храм и прекрасно снят!

Carlo Orecchia on May 13, 2010

Che bei colori per un chiesa e che bella foto... mi paicerebeb andarci. Ciao, Carlo.

Sehnwirmal on October 7, 2011

Wonderful - LIKE - Greetings from Germany, Moni

Christos Theodorou on October 10, 2012

Wonderful church, so well captured – Greetings !

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  • Uploaded on September 13, 2009
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    by Minka Tsoneva (Mimip…
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ28
    • Taken on 2009/08/11 10:00:21
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 4.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash