Bachkoski Monastery - Bulgaria
Are you a business owner in Bulgaria?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Bulgaria.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Bachkoski Monastery
The Bachkovski Monastery (Bachkovo Monastery, the Petritsoni Monastery or Monastery of the Mother of God Petritzonitissa) is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria after the emblematic for the country Rila Monastery. The Bachkovski Monastery was built 10 centuries ago in a beautiful spot in the valley of the Chеpelarska river in the Rhodope mountains. It lies only 25 km southeast from Plovdiv on the main road from Asenovgrad to Smolyan (take the Bachkovo turn 7 km after Asenovgrad).
The Monastery was originally founded by a Georgian monk and developed a literary school that left a valuable library of Old Georgian, Byzantine and Bulgarian books. There is a rich collection of various masterpieces of applied arts - from exquisite metal, mainly silver and enamel sacral objects, ornaments and decorations to refined goldthread needlework on garments and tapestry.
There are 3 churches on the monastery grounds. The Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary homes the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary Eleusa from 1310. The legend tells that this icon flew from Georgia to the Bulgarian lands where it was found by monks close to the monastery and brought here. It attracts many pilgrims. The Church of the Archangels dates back to the 12th c. and the St Nicolas Church was built in the 19th c. They both are smaller than the cathedral and their walls are covered with unique murals, masterpieces of iconography.
There are few more attractions one should look at, most of which accessible for an extra fee.
* The Diospyros tree was brought from Georgia centuries ago and still spreads its branches in the monastery courtyard.
* The refectory - here you will see the emblematic murals of the Last Judgment and the Tree of Jesse. The first displays the self-portrait of the 19th c. author in the 'righteous' section and some of his 'material' contemporaries (merchants, loan sharks, etc) in the 'damned' corner. The second has the portraits of classic philosophers such as Aristotle, Socrates, Diogenes etc. at the base of the tree. The marble dining table in the refectory is an original - for nearly 5 centuries monks have sat around it, prayed and dined.
* The Ossuary (The Holy Trinity Church) has the most interesting architecture closest to the original monastery building from the 10th c.
The Bachkovski Monastery is surrounded by hills and mountains which offer a great variety of hiking trails and beautiful picnic spots. It has become a very popular tourist destination not only for pilgrims but for regular travelers too. There are numerous little shops, stalls and restaurants around it selling literally anything that grows and is produced in the Rhodope. You can find anything here from homemade wild berry jam to hand woven woolen blankets.
The Bachkovski Monastery offers accommodation (it has 200 beds capacity) and the nearby village of Bachkovo is abundant in rooms to let, guesthouses and B&Bs. There are many pubs and restaurants close by and Plovdiv is only half an hour drive away.
Visitors are accepted everyday from 8 till 5. For a fee you can enter the refectory, the ossuary and the museum.
You may also like
Art Center ForumSofia-City-Center, Bulgaria
Art Center Forum's essence is probably best described by a statement of one of their fans: '...a gallery is a symbiosis between artists, gallerists and policy-makers allo
Naval MuseumVarna, Bulgaria
The Naval Museum in Varna was established more than a century ago and is devoted to the study and promotion of Bulgaria's maritime and naval history. The permanent exhibi...
The National Art GallerySofia, Bulgaria
The National Gallery (also known as The National Museum of Bulgarian Art) boasts an over century old history and the richest art work collection in this country - over 30...
Kovachevitsa is an architectural reserve located in the southwest of Bulgaria, some 220 km from Sofia and 22 km from Gotse Delchev. There is no direct public transport to
Etara architectural and ethnographic complexVeliko-Tarnovo-Region, Bulgaria
Etara is an architectural and ethnographic complex, the first of its kind in Bulgaria. It was built 50 years ago in the heart of the Stara Planina mountain near the town
Ruse Historical MuseumRuse, Bulgaria
Ruse Historical Museum is located in the beautiful building of the former Boys' School in the heart of Ruse. It is open every day from 9 am till 6 pm and hosts several co...
The Melnik PyramidsMelnik, Bulgaria
Melnik Pyramids is a breath-taking natural rock formation on the outskirts of Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria. Drive along the Sofia-Kulata international highway an
Hisarya ReserveHissar, Bulgaria
Hisarya Architectural Reserve is located on the territory of the town of Hisarya, a popular spa resort in the south of Bulgaria, only 44 km from Plovdiv and less than 2 h
Earth and Man MuseumSofia, Bulgaria
Earth and Man Museum in Sofia houses gigantic crystals, cave pearls, thousands of specimens of minerals, rocks, ores and fossils as well as hundreds of thin sections and
Kamennite GabiPlovdiv-Region, Bulgaria
Kamenni Gabi (Stone Mushrooms, Mantarkaia) are remarkable rock formation located near the village of Beli Plast, an hour and half drive from Plovdiv, between Kardzhali an