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Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

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53 Reviews
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The Basics

The most popular way to visit the Bachkovo Monastery is on a day trip from nearby Plovdiv. Visitors can combine a guided tour of the monastery with the region’s other historic sights, such as the medieval ruins of King Ivan Asen’s Fortress and the Wonderful Bridges. It’s also possible to visit the monastery as part of a cycling tour through the Rhodope Mountains, stopping at Shiroka Laka or the Devin hot springs.

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Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv
Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv
$81.18 per adult
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Wondrous Sites, exceptional guide!
All the points of interest were very unique and exciting to visit. Our guide, Dimitar, was extremely personable and delighted us with his experience and knowledge. An amazing day, thanks Dimitar!
GordieT, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Plovdiv

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Day trip from Sofia
Derek_B, Sep 2021
Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery
Amazing experience with Phillip. He picked us up promptly at 0900 and we took off in a private Van to Asen’s Fortress. Beautiful view and place. After about 45 minutes we drove for 20 to Bachkovo monastery which is a must see place if in Bulgaria. Plovdiv ended the trip after lunch at a local Bulgarian restaurant. Phillip was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and very patient with our 2 year old. A great trip I would recommend anyone doing from Sofia to capture other great sites.
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Great Experience
Mohammed_B, Jun 2021
Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery
The tour was excellent. My tour guide was very experienced and very knowledgeable. We were able to hit all the spots within the time promised.
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Amazing experience
Zaki, Sep 2020
Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv
The tour was excellent and Kamen was very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour!!
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Must-see tour
Quest02118926797, Oct 2019
Wonderful Bridges-Bachkovo Monastery-Assen's Fortress - day tour from Plovdiv
Really varied and stunning tour visiting the wonderful bridges (much more spectacular than on the pictures), Bachkova monastery (which was stunning) and the Assens fortress in the beautiful Rhodope mountains. Our guide Christina was friendly and knowledgable and any of these places would be worth a visit on their own so doing 3 in a row was great.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to the monastery grounds is free, but there is an admission fee to visit the refectory, museum, and ossuary.

  • The road to the monastery is lined with souvenir stalls, street food vendors, and cafés.

  • Mass is held at the monastery twice a day.

  • The monastery has basic accommodation where pilgrims can spend the night.

  • The main areas of the monastery are wheelchair-accessible, but it’s best to arrive with your own transportation and park at the top of the hill.

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How to Get There

The monastery is located in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, about 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) south of Asenovgrad. Buses and taxis run between Asenovgrad and Smolyan (E86), affording easy access to the monastery. From the main road, it’s a 15-minute uphill walk, but taxis can drop you at the top.

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When to Get There

The monastery is open daily. Tour buses tend to start arriving at 10am, so get an early start if you want a crowd-free photo.

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A Walking Tour of the Bachkovo Monastery

Highlights of the monastery grounds include the original ossuary, decorated with ancient frescos and home to a first-floor burial crypt; the cathedral, which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary Eleusa; the Archangels’ Church covered in paintings by Joan Mosch; and an expansive garden, tended by the monks who still live and work on the monastery. The small but impressive museum at Bachkovo offers a notable collection of religious artifacts, wood carvings, and historic frescos.

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