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Monday, October 17, 2016


Bachkovo monastery is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is beautifully situated on a ledge, on the right from the Valley of Chepelarska River, close to the village of Bachkovo, 10 km from Asenovgrad and 30 km from Plovdiv.
Bachkovo monastery is the second most visited monastery in the Bulgaria. During the weekends or on orthodox holidays, there are large groups of pilgrims and tourists. The climate is mild because Bachkovo monastery is in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. The summers are breezy and the winters are mild. Therefore, most vegetables and fruits could be successfully grown in the valley yards.

The Bachkovo monastery is almost 8000 sq.m and about 440 meters above sea level. It includes two yards and 4 churches. The monastery has 18 chapels, 10 in Asenovgrad and 8 in its surroundings.

Close by is the the National reservation park “The Red Wall”. It is famous for its fauna which includes quite a few rare animals and the plant Haberlea Rhodopensis, a prehistoric in nature, whose sky blue flowers enchant the visitors every spring. Near by is the Chepelarska river named by the locals as ‘Chaja’. Chaja has been the monastery trout fish supplier for a long time. Keen fishermen patiently wait on the shores with hopes to get lucky. For those willing to try the fish without catching it yourself, it is served in most restaurants in the village. Visitors could stay at the monastery or at the many hotels and houses that are close by.

           The monastery is part of the Bulgarian Heritage. It is open to visitors at all times.

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