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Bachkovo Monastery, Plovdiv
(4.4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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 Plovdiv, use our Plovdiv vacation generator.
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  • We go there almost regularly and every time you find something nice. Interesting and unique, a place of rest and contemplation. Before the "ramp" to do by foot, you will find typical shops and eateries that delights the visit. To see certainly
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  • Impressive but a little neglected: inside the yard a little sloppy. Paid parking (1 euro) but free visit. Arrival at the monastery features the pedestrian street stalls.
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  • We were almost by chance and one of the surprises was more pleasant for our trip. It was dark, it was snowy, barely had people... However, the place had something special. Certainly very surprising.
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  • 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
  • Its very nice and sacred place, I recommend to everyone to visit.
  • Highly recommended!!! Visit also Asenovgrad's historical museum. Unbelievable. 6500 B.C. exposition.
  • 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!