Thursday – Arbanasi, Bulgaria

High on a hill overlooking the city of Veliko Tirnivo is the ancient village of Arbanisi. The most notable building is the Church of the Nativity of Christ. The Ottoman rulers let it be built in the 16th Century as long as it wasn’t too fancy. It’s low, squat building, nothing much on the outside, but what is remarkable about it are the paintings that cover the walls and ceiling.

The building at the top left of the picture below was the home of the rich guy in town. It’s now a museum, and it shows how the rich people lived back during the Ottoman period.

Aren’t you glad you live in the age of flush toilets? Incidentally, the servants lived on the ground floor.

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