Rodopi Mountains - sightseeing trip
We head from Plovdiv towards Chudnite mostove (The Wonderful Bridges). The Wonderful Bridges represent a unique nature phenomenon, consisting of two rocky bridges (height of 43 m) over a small river.
Then we'll visit the holy site with healing power Krustova Gora (Cross Forest), considered also one of the sanctuaries of Bulgaria. According to experts, the Cross Forest is one of the three places with a special energetic radiation in Bulgaria. According to the local history, a part of the Holy Cross was transferred from Istanbul and buried in a secret place in the area in the 15-th century.
Next we head towards Bachkovo Monastery (the second largest in Bulgaria, founded in 1083, one of the most sacred places in our history).
We'll have lunch near-by the waterfall and under the trees' shadows of the Waterfall restaurant near-by the Bachkovo monastery, enjoying local cuisine. After lunch we go on a little hike in the Red wall reserve where will see a beautiful waterfall, chapels, the miraculous icon as well as drink holy water out of the sacred well of the monastery.
On our way back to Plovdiv will see 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 painted with some authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone made inscription carved by King Ivan Asen.
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