TRIP # 1 Bachkovo monastery and Assen's fortress


       Period: year round   Trip duration: 2-3 hours total 
 

Prices per person
1 person – 20 €
2 people – 15 € 3 or 4 people – 10 €
for more – price is on request

*Please note that all payments should be in Leva or in Euro only and are given directly to the driver after the trip is completed.

From Plovdiv we head towards the Rhodope Mountains passing through the pretty town of Assenovgrad. Nearby we will see the remarkable remains of King Ivan Assen’s fortress – a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. There we are to find an ancient church dating from the 13th century painted with some authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone made inscription carved by King Ivan Assen.Next we go deeper in the Rhodope Mountains towards the picturesque Bachkovo monasteryThe 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’ll 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 wonder-working. Attached to the Virgin Mary church we’ll see the Archangels’ Church dating to the 12th century. The monastery refectory is another jewel in the complex which has preserved colourful murals from 1643. Together with the Doomsday fresco, we’ll witness the images of some saint-monks, ancient philosophers and writers as Socrates, Aristotle, Diogenes and many more.The panoramic mural on the outside wall of the refectory represents a bird’s eye view of the monastery with all the surrounding buildings at the time of the painting – 1846.  In the second monastery yard we’ll  visit the Saint Nikola church 
From Plovdiv we head towards the Rhodope Mountains passing through the pretty town of Assenovgrad. Nearby we will see the remarkable remains of King Ivan Assen’s fortress – a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. There we are to find an ancient church dating from the 13th century painted with some authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone made inscription carved by King Ivan Assen.Next we go deeper in the Rhodope Mountains towards the picturesque Bachkovo monasteryThe cloister is the second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083 and one of the most sacred places in the Bulgarian history.

You start 9.00 A.M. After 45 minutes drive you stop in front of the gates of Bachkovo Monastery. For 30-40 minutes you walk around the church complex.From here you are back in the car and after 20 minutes drive you stop at Assen’s Fortress. You explore the area , including entering inside the church there. Then you are back in the car and drive back to Plovdiv for 30 minutes.

 


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