Small town Bulgaria

I had a really good time visiting Mira’s family in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.  I am intrigued by the culture and sensibilities in small town Bulgaria.

We started with visiting the old St. Prophet Eliah Church. The last place I was allowed to take photos was the entrance. It was pretty quaint on the inside, but we were not allowed to take any pictures.

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Shipka Memorial Church

Shipka memorial church is a Bulgarian Orthodox church built in the style of a Russian Orthodox church.

The front of the Shipka Memorial Church

The front of the Shipka Memorial Church

It was build during late 19th century as a dedication to the Bulgarian, Russian, and Ukrainian soldiers who lost their lives in liberating Bulgaria from the Ottoman empire. The gold plated domes are of typical Muscovite style from the late 19th century.

The inside, however, looks a lot like a Bulgarian Orthodox church.

There is a crypt in the basement that has graves that serves as a memorial for and contains remains of the soldiers who lost their lives in battles of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish war.