Optional Bulgaria Conference Tour
We have secured an optional tour for conference attendees and any accompanying guests they may bring during a lunch break at the conference. This will allow you to enjoy the tour and return to the hotel in good time for the afternoon session of the meeting. To take part in the tour you will be able to use the sign-up sheet located at the Zing desk outside the conference room.
The tour company also has an office at the hotel where you may be able to book other tours and excursions for your time in Bulgaria. The Zing staff on-site will be happy to show you to their office should you require any further information.
Aladzha Monastery Excursion
Trip Departs: 13.00 – Trip Returns: 14.30
Price: €15.00 Per Person – Price includes entry to museum
Aladzha Monastery is situated in a beautiful area 14 km north of Varna, in the centre of Zlatni Pyasatsi Nature Park (Golden Sands Nature Park). There are no reliable historical records as to when the monastery was established, but there is evidence that it already existed in the 10th – 12th centuries.
Aladzha Monastery is one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The monastery premises are carved and arranged on two levels in limestone rock that is almost 40 m high. The monastery church, the monastery cells, the refectory, the kitchen, the small cemetery church, the crypt (ossuary), and the farm premises are all situated on the first level. The second level is a natural rock recess in the eastern part in which lies the monastery chapel.
A group of caves known as the Catacombs is located about 600 – 700 m to the west of the monastery. The archaeological finds such as pottery, coins, graffiti, etc., discovered there provide evidence that the Catacombs were inhabited by people during the early-Christian Age (5th – 6th centuries).
After the Ottomans conquered Bulgaria at the end of the 14th century, Aladzha Monastery gradually fell into decline and was most likely completely abandoned around the 15th – 16th century.
The Christian name of the monastery is unknown. The word aladzha comes from Persian-Arabic and means motley, variegated. K. Shkorpil, the first person who did research into the monastery, recorded a legend according to which St. Spas (derived from the Bulgarian Hristos Spasitel – Christ the Saviour) was patron saint of the cloister.