Aladja Monastery is 3km away from the resort of Golden Sands, in a picturesque locality. The Turkish word "aladja" meaning "colourful, motley" was attached to the medieval rock monastery owing to its fine frescoes and maybe because it was sheltered in 60-meter-high colourful limestone rock.
The original name of this monastery was Holy Trinity. The first hermits settled here in the 6th century though the caves nearby had been dwelt in as early as the New Stone Age. In the 2 nd and 3rd centur y early Christians found refuge in the caves from the persecution of the Romans.
The true story of Aladja Monastery begins in the early 13 th century. It was one of the havens for anchorites, devout hermits who in the 13 th and 14th centuries would seek an escape from the harsh eco nomics of feudalism by withdrawing far into the highlands.
The Monastery went into decline not long after Bulgaria fell under Ottoman domination and ceased to function in the 17 th or 18th century. It was discovered by chance about 80-90 years ago when a rock crumbled down and revealed the strange beauty to the human eye.
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