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Bachkovo Monastery

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Address: 10km south of Asenovgrad | on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Plovdiv 4251, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359 87 718 1814
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Bachkovo monastery is one of most important monasteries of the...

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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Scenic Part of Bulgaria

The drive from Plovdiv is very nice as one sees some nice green hills and rugged topography. The Monastery itself is quite beautiful, but is somewhat disappointing compare to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Astana, Kazakhstan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There really isn't much to see, just a monastery. Many shops on the way and some inexpensive cafes. Could not get into museum as the grumpy monk had no change.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive from Plovdiv is very nice as one sees some nice green hills and rugged topography. The Monastery itself is quite beautiful, but is somewhat disappointing compare to Rila. It was founded in 1083 by Prince Gregory Pakourianos. The Church of Mary was completed in 1604. There is a large dining hall which murals painted on all of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on a private tour and bachkovo was one of three places that day. It's about an hour from Plovdiv and you see a lot of mountains along the way. Bachkovo monastery has three church in the compound and an ancient dining hall with murals and the original stone tabke which I forgot to capture! I also liked the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a sunny day Friday we diceded to go to Bachkovo -really loveded! The Monastery it's buetifful a lot of people enjoying the walk to the top. We didn't smoke for 6 whours.

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is nice and beautiful. The church is old, this monastery is one with miracle icon of Holy Mary. Many people like this place, especially in the summer. Great for a walk in the mountains and picnic.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice monastery, but if you went to Rila Monastery before you'll find it a bit disapointing even though it's the 2nd biggest monastery around. Buses go every hour from 'Rodopi Bus Station' direction Smolyan, 4lev single ticket

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

One of Bulgaria's many monasteries. Might be something special about it but it is serving as huge tourist trap. Much nicer is the walk through Red Wall reserve.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

2 adults,2 children and my dog we went to Bachkovo monastery for a day in a mountain. It's near Plovdiv sity very nice area grean and clean air cozy small restorants good areas for picnic. My dog was happy to my children even more.!

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Thamesville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is worth the visit to see what monastery life is like. Visited the cathedral inside. Nice drive up to the monastery-hills and curves.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I love monasterys, but was unimpressed with this one. A cool side note was there was actually a priest blessing and giving the sacrement while I was there which I have not seen before. The interior has a lot of damage that they are trying to repair and restore. I enjoyed the icons on the exterior more. There is ample... More 

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