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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
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+359 87 718 1814
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You just feel history, religion, and tradition embracing you all at thr same time. Was told that it was a sacred place where people line up for healing.

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're really glad we came to this monastery just a few kilometers south of Assen's Fort. We parked at the bottom of the hill and walked up, but you could drive all the way to the top and park for free. Regardless, different parts were...More

Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautifull and peacefull not allowed to speak aloud , but a lot of painting to see the site is in the middle of the forest If you like to take pictures its the place i did not notice if there is a restaurant on place...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bachkovo Monastery is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is beautifully situated on a ledge, on the right from the Valley of Chepelarska River, close to the village of Bachkovo. To access it it, you will walk the gauntlet of vendors selling everything you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Bachkovo on a driving trip through Bulgaria and found it to one of the highlights of my 10 day visit. Far less visited than Rila (when I visited, there might have a dozen other visitors), you can get a much better feel for the...More

1  Thank LMOverby
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

My wife and I visited the Bachkovo Monastery (Bachkovski Manastir) during a 10-day holiday in Bulgaria. Access from the Plovdiv direction is up a beautiful gorge. Upon arrival, there is a car park for which there is a modest fee (BGN 3 when we visited)....More

Thank Richard_Harpum
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We visited it during wintertime, which is better than in summer when the place is too crowded. Very interesting, traditional orthodox monastery from the XI century, there are some very nice frescoes and icons in the church. The parking is paid.

Thank Damjan D
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

There were many restoration works going on during our visit. Lot of building materials on the courtyard,but the church with frescos was really impressive. It would be good to have there a guide. Entry is for free. Parking fee: 2BGN. There is a restaurant and...More

Thank Legaga
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Bachkovo Monastery in the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and worth a visit if you are in Plovdiv. It is just 20-25 km away from the city. It was founded in XI century. There are several buildings to be found in the two monastery yards,...More

Thank airamdol
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

We already visited Rila Monastery during our stay Sofia so once in Plovdiv we had to visit this one. Quite easy to reach, there's a bus at Rodopi station and it takes 40 minutes to arrive in Bachkovo. If you ask the driver, he'll leave...More

1  Thank Giuliana C
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emjoweb
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I was with a bus from a travel agency.
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