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Assen's Fortress, Plovdiv

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High on a ridge above a river sits Assen's Fortress, a remnant of a stronghold with origins dating to the 4th century BCE. Inhabited by ancient Romans and Byzantines for long periods, the site once featured numerous feudal mansions and infrastructure, some of which have been excavated in recent years. Today you can see the remains of the 13th-century fortifications at the site. Look for the well-preserved two-story Church of the Holy Mother of God, rising strikingly out of a cliff. You can walk along the crumbling walls, amidst forests and rolling hills, to snap photos of these ancient structures that blend well into the scenery of the Rhodope Mountains. To visit Assen's Fortress and get the most from your holiday in Plovdiv, create itinerary details personal to you using our Plovdiv trip itinerary planner.
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Plovdiv is packed with budget options, so finding affordable accommodation is easy here. There are a number of mid-range hotels and guesthouses here, or consider staying in one of the city's many hostels to keep costs even lower. Oftentimes these offer shared rooms, communal spaces, and easy access to the city's historical attractions and ancient Roman buildings thanks to their location in the city center. On top of that, staff may be able to give you tips on sightseeing, nightlife, and more around town.
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  • Located near Plovdiv,in Asenovgrad, the fortress is a must. It's a beautiful place. We stopped there on our way to the Bachkovo Monastery. You can park uphill, near the fortress. The parking costs 1,5...  more »
  • Easily accessible with car or by foot. We went there with car. A beautiful place with great history. Next time we will go by foot from the City. It is a few kilometres walk but through a nice path and...  more »
  • In this Fortess you can feel deep history and look excellent views. You need good shoes to climb but it is not dangerous.  more »
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  • Easily accessible with car or by foot. We went there with car. A beautiful place with great history. Next time we will go by foot from the City. It is a few kilometres walk but through a nice path and the view from the top of the fortress is priceless.
  • Even if it was 2 km from the town and you have to go up in the hill (by car is faster), it was worth it! The mountain scenery is breath taking, the church is in quite good condition (compered to other fortresses) and the view from top of fortress is amazing!
  • Perfect place for a walk but check the opening hours first since it might be closed
  • Asen’s Fortress is the most interesting and most often visited tourist attraction in the Asenovgrad region. It is located three kilometers from the city on the top of a cliff, on the left bank of the Asenitsa River. There is a scenic route to the fortress branching off the road just south of Asenovgrad heading toward Smolyan.
  • Good views and a nice little chapel, but the fortress ruins are a bit underwhelming