The remarkable fortress of King Ivan Asen's and the impressive Bachkovo Monastery, second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083
We head towards the Rhodope Mountains passing through the pretty town of Asenovgrad. Nearby we see the remarkable remains of King Ivan Asen's Fortress - a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. There we are to find an ancient church dating from the 13-th century.
Next we go deeper in the Rhodope Mountains towards the picturesque Bachkovo Monastery. The cloister is the second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083 and one of the most sacred places in the Bulgarian history. Inside the monastery we visit the main church of the Virgin Mary built in 1604 where a valuable icon of the Virgin Mary from 1310 is kept. According to the legend, this remarkable icon is miracle working. Attached to the Virgin Mary church we see the Archangels' Church dating to the 12th century. The monastery refectory is another jewel in the complex which has preserved colorful murals from 1643. Finally we see the Saint Nikola church from the outside (built between 1834 - 1837) and we admire the authentic murals at its entrance.
Plovdiv - Asen's Fortress (30 min)
Asen's Fortress - Bachkovo Monastery (10-15 min)
Bachkovo Monastery - Plovdiv (40 min)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
End location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, year 2008, passenger capacity: 4 regular seats + 2 additional ones on third row of seats (fold-down rear seats). For groups of 5-8 persons a van is hired at an extra cost.
Transportation with an English speaking guide-driver from/to your hotel in Plovdiv, parking fee
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 BGN - Asen's Fortress ticket (4 BGN), Bachkovo Monastery (1 BGN)
On the busy commercial street just before the Bachkovo Monastery you can try a locally made Turkish delight or grilled meatballs. A nice souvenir from Bulgaria would be a rose oil perfume or colorful traditional crockery sold on the same tourist street together with local mountain herbs, honey and home made jam.
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