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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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  • Average12%
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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 2 days ago

Monanstery near Plovdiv. Very nice place, beautifull and unique church. Must see. My recomendation also for Rila Monanstery.

Thank vaclavmatura
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monastery is made up of two different churches in style and a monastic ensemble. I recommend you go with a guide because there are many stories to hear.

Thank Tufus92
Reviewed 14 December 2017

There are three famous and large monasteries in Bulgaria and all of them stauropegic, meaning that they were subordinated directly to the patriarch in Constantinople - at least in the beginning. The biggest and most beautiful to look at is the monastery of Rila, followed...More

1  Thank saronic
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

The building itself is beautiful from an angle but all together it's not so special. Make sure to stop at Eden's Fortress, it's much more beautiful and right on the road to the monastery!

Thank 859laurenzl
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Worth visiting when you're passing by. There's 2 leva parking fee. What I was really happy with is that there are a lot of food stalls on the way to the monastery. You can buy a lot of cheap, but great quality home-made products :).

Thank Elżbieta W
Reviewed 2 November 2017

This large monastery has a scenic location and is impressive in its own right. Moreover, the church is spectacular, both inside and out. The frescos are perfect!

Thank James G
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Visited Bachkovo when in Plovdiv earlier in October. It wasn't too far from Plovdiv. The set up of the monastery is interesting with two courtyards and churches. There was quite alot of conservation work going on, so there were building materials around the premises. It's...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

If there's one place that you shouldn't miss when next in Plovdiv - this is it. Bachkovo monastery is a 30-min drive away from the city. It is ideally located in the mesmerizing Rhodopi mountain and boasts great architecture, unique nature and unparalleled iconic art....More

Thank Katerina G
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We arrived on a busy Saturday with a wedding and several baptisms going on so you might want to go mid-week when it might be a tad less crowded. Lovely interiors....take a walk around to the side of the monastery for some away from the...More

Thank Dickson0202
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The exterior is average but you must go inside to see the paintings. You can take photographs. We stop here since we were on our way from Devin to Plovdiv and this place is right off the road.

Thank 427BeatleBob
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28 September 2017|
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Response from Sorin D | Reviewed this property |
I was with a bus from a travel agency.