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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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  • Unique experience visiting Assen's Fortress located 2 km south from Asenovgrad - the gate to the Rhodopi mountains! Not to be missed experience! 
  • Near Plovdiv, this is a wonderful small fortress to visit. Although they call it a fortress it is also Bachkovo Monastary. The drive there is beautiful. There are a lot of stairs. We visited in the wi...  more »
  • I was on a buisness trip to Bulgaria - Plovdiv and my colleagues took me to this fortress which is just a short drive away. I was simply in awe of the atmosphere.Recommended. 
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  • Great historical place! Breathtaking view of the valley. The church is very well preserved for almost 10 centuries. Do not miss the stone inscription above the entrance of the complex!
  • Very beautiful place with a great view! Does not matter the weather, you are gonna love it!
  • One of the must see landmarks if you are passing by. The entrance fee is ~1 euro. Try to walk instead of driving it has great views along the way once you get off the main road.
  • This is a great place to visit, and learn more about Bulgarian history and culture.
  • Beautiful place. There is a great view from the top. The entrance is cheap and it is totally worth visiting