This 16th century church on a backstreet of Plovdiv definitely makes my list of hidden highlights of the city. The incredible Old Testament murals on the outer walls and ceilings are absolutely breathtaking.



The inside of the church is similarly awe inspiring, with detailed decorations and an intense atmosphere.


Even the outer walls protecting the murals are unusually decorated, with an intricate pattern drawing the eye even from the street.


Hidden around the other side, a 17 metre high wooden bell tower dating from 1870 stands between more modern buildings.


While it is a bit of a trek from the other main sights, and if I’m honest the only reason we visited was due to getting lost and stumbling across it, I’m definitely pleased to have explored this hidden gem of Plovdiv.

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