Arbanassi Churches And Architecture 16th Century, Beginning Of 18th Century

During the studied period Arbanassi is one of the few settlements where a significant number of churches were built. Only the bishopric center Melnik (south Bulgaria) can compare with Arbanassi in terms of religious architecture, but it was only renovation and reconstruction of medieval churches that took place there. The fundamental construction features of the Arbanassi churches are in line with the religious architecture trends of the time. However, the overall composition of the religious buildings is unique. Certain similarities to features of the cult architecture in Melnik can be traced, which resulted from similar circumstances inspiring them. In Arbanassi, though, they reached a more sophisticates level. The uniqueness of the church ensemble of Arbanassi comes forward when compared to the religious architecture of Tarnovgrad. Its churches remained unchanged for over three centuries in terms of design and layout. The reason for that were the undoubtedly more unfavorable factors that determined the Tarnovgrad cult architecture development and construction.
The village of Arbanassi close to Razgrad (north-east Bulgaria) is the settlement which provides close similarities to the studied church ensemble. Both villages developed in similar way – origin, ethnic groups, administrative status, economic potential, established contacts with Europe. To a great extent all of these predetermined the church policy towards them and therefore they became centers of the Eastern Orthodox. All this affected the scale of the Christian architecture and the design, style and type of the constructions.