Tourist information center of Veliko Tarnovo

Tourist information center of Veliko Tarnovo

Church of the Nativity in Arbanasi

This is the earliest and the most richly decorated church in the village of Arbanasi. It was built by stages. The oldest layer of wall-paintings is from the end of XVI c. It consists of a naos, a narthex, a gallery and a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

One of the most interesting scenes is the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ with the twelve ancient philosophers. It is in the narthex.

“The wheel of life” is the most impressive wall-painting in the gallery of the church. This is the earliest presentation of the scene on the walls of Bulgarian churches.


Village Arbanasi


+359 885 105 282 and +359 62 638 841

Work hours

April-October: 9.00 - 18.00 / Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00
November-March: In request / For individual visits and groups without guide tour make your arrangement at least 30 minutes earlieron +359 885 105 282


Tuesday: 9.00 - 12.00