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Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo

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Religious Site
Bachkovo Monastery is home to a silver-encased icon of the Virgin allegedly painted by St. Luke. Learn about the monastery's history from the frescoes in the former refectory, and view a marble table from 1601 in the dining room. Two churches in the monastery's courtyard feature 19th-century wall paintings by the prominent Bulgarian artist Zahari Zograf. Enter the chapel to see a depiction of the Last Judgment; seek out the agitated Turks on the right and Zograf's self-portrait in the left corner. Other highlights include the 17th-century iconostasis, church plates, covers of manuscripts, and other pieces of applied art. The ossuary, a two-story stone tomb, is the only building preserved from the original monastery. To visit Bachkovo Monastery and other attractions in Bachkovo, use our Bachkovo vacation generator.
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  • Despite the negative comments about this monastery, he liked very much. We arrived at about 9 am and there was no one. The monks were praying and he recreated a very mystical atmosphere. Interior paints are quite damaged, as if there had been a fire
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  • We went there early on a weekday and were pleasantly surprised to be the only tourists there. Some of the buildings were closed but we were able to ask for the museums to open. Be careful as we did no...  more »
  • A place that fills you with peace and bliss. One place worth a visit, even for a while.The monastery is an important monument of Christian architecture and one of the largest and olders Eastern Orthod...  more »
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  • Its very nice and sacred place, I recommend to everyone to visit.
  • I recommend beeing early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
  • Must popular monastery around Plovdiv. Must see it in the spring our during the autumn
  • Very nice spring time
  • This place is really beautiful, a hidden gem. The setting of the town from which you walk up from (if getting the regular bus) is really mysterious and rural. When I went a baptism was being carried out in the church and I didn't want to intrude so never got to see that part. But there was another church to it, and I still got to hear a baptism being carried out in Bulgarian. I'd definitely recommended a trip here!