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Bachkovo monastery - Asen's fortres

Even if the Bachkovo monastery survived the first coup of the Ottoman invasion, it was not spared later one and similarly to other cloister, was raided and ruined down
Even if the Bachkovo monastery survived the first coup of the Ottoman invasion, it was not spared later one and similarly to other cloister, was raided and ruined down

Rodopi Mountains biking trip - Bachkovo monastery - Asen's fortres

We head from Plovdiv towards Biala Cherkva (a small ski resort in the Rhodope Mountains - 1700 m above sea level) by car. Few kilometers before the resort we get on the bikes into the forest. We go on a mostly downhill biking for about 3 hours until we get to the remarkable remains of King Ivan Asen's fortress - a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. There we are to find an ancient church dating from the 12th century rich in authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone made inscription carved by King Ivan Asen.

On our way to the fortress we will enjoy some splendid views over the majestic Rhodope Mountains.

Then we head towards Bachkovo monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083, one of the most sacred places in our history) for a few kilometers on the asphalt road.

Just before visiting the monastery we will have lunch near-by the waterfall and under the trees' shadows of the Waterfall restaurant near-by the Bachkovo monastery, enjoying local cuisine.

At the end we go back to Plovdiv by car.


The Bachkovo monastery has long welcomed visitors and accommodated those wishing to stay there for the night The Bachkovo monastery has its own museum which holds rare religious items of different times

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