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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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  • It is twenty minutes from plovdiv and on the way to the monastery of bachkovo. Fortress is just beyond the natural Gorge and bits of the wall, nevertheless offers views over the Valley. We pay 1.50 lev per person discount for students. The Church is well preserved though it is small. There are walks that leave from the fortress to the mountain and if we had gone with more time I would have liked to do some hiking
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  • We visited it at night and it was one of the most spectacularly decorated places with beautiful green lights.  more »
  • One of the best places near Plovdiv, whit very beautiful view combined whit history! I Love it and i will be back!  more »
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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