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Bachkovo Monastery

10km south of Asenovgrad | on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Bachkovo 4251, Bulgaria
+359 87 718 1814
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The Bachkovo monastery is one of most important monasteries of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It is a real place of cult and religion that is very respected by the believers. The monastery is also a National monument of culture, reach of history, art and traditions. It conserves a huge number of icons, paintings, church buildings and very precious examples of church utensils from XI to XIX centuries. It is very possible to stay at the monastery, to have pleasure assist at an Orthodox mass, fill the spirit of Orthodoxy, see the wonderful paintings and picturesque surroundings, try the monastery's cuisine, wine and rakia.
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10km south of Asenovgrad | on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Bachkovo 4251, Bulgaria
+359 87 718 1814
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is well worth a visit. There is a church inside that is very nicely decorated. You can also visit the rectory where there at frescos dating back to 1600's, but you pay to get in. The scenery around the Monastery is also wonderful to...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Really nice place, we came just when a priest was singing so it really added to the mood. The museum is also worth a look as it has English headlines and descriptions.

Thank FoodIsLuve
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This monastery is in a beautifully forested area 30 km outside Plovdid. It's easy to get to by taking a bus at Rodopi bus station. Tickets cost 4 leva, and buses leave half hourly. It's a good idea to alert the driver that you want...More

3  Thank zmanCalifornia
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I visited years ago and always said I would go again with my partner. We visited with friends this May and was a little disappointed. There were major renovations going on inside the church and so access was limited and there was a queue to...More

Thank thetravelbugbulgaria
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We had gone for a day trip to Plovdiv from Sofia. This trip included a visit to Bachkovo Monastery also. The monastery is located in the mountains and is quite a simple structure. There are some wall paintings and murals, but these are no where...More

1  Thank RM72
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The monastery complex Bachkovo is about 30 km south of the big city of Plovdiv and contains three churches. The oldest construction was initiated by the Byzantine General of Georgian origin prince Grigol Bakurianidze- towards the end of the 11th century. Although so old remains...More

1  Thank Sorin D
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

It's a very beautiful monastery of the old times. Very high so breathtaking view is the biggest pron ;)

Thank Dionisia A
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The monastery is a serene place isolated in the mountains. The inside garden with its small creek feels like and oasis.The building is majestic. The monks look mostly strict. Free entry, except for big groups. There is a whole market along the road between the...More

1  Thank littlececily
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We went there early on a weekday and were pleasantly surprised to be the only tourists there. Some of the buildings were closed but we were able to ask for the museums to open. Be careful as we did not find anyone who spoke english...More

1  Thank mram101
Reviewed 21 February 2017

A place that fills you with peace and bliss. One place worth a visit, even for a while.The monastery is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and olders Eastern Orthodox monastiers in Europe. The monastery is known and appreciated for...More

1  Thank Daniel K
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