Bachkovo Monastery

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  • Address: 86, 4251 Plovdiv and the Valley of the Kings, Bulgaria.
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +359-3327277
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Museum, Monument

Bachkovo Monastery - Review

The Bachkovo Monastery, also known as the Petritsoni Monastery or Monastery of the Mother of God Petritzonitissa in Bulgaria, is one of the oldest and largest Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Europe. It is considered to be an important monument of Christian architecture, which is offers a unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture. This site has undergone several restorations and reconstructions over the period of time. It is the final resting place of both Patriarch Euthymius (1330-1404) and Patriarch Cyril (1953-71). The monastery is also a National monument of culture, art and traditions. It is possible for you to stay at the monastery, to be a part of an Orthodox mass held here. Highlights and must sees include:

  • The Ossuary – Only surviving part of the original structure.
  • The Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary – built in the place of the monastery’s oldest church destroyed by the Turks.
  • The Church of the Archangels.
  • Diospyros Tree – brought from Georgia more than 2 centuries ago.
  • The Museum of the Monastery and the works of art.
  • The ‘’Panorama” mural.
  • The 14th century Virgin Mary icon.

Bachkovo Monastery Information

  • The walkaway to the monastery gates has dozens of small stalls selling tourist knickknacks. You can try Rhodopean specialties and fast foods here.

Bachkovo Monastery Ticket Prices

  • Free: Admission to the monastery grounds.
  • LEV 4: Admission to the refectory.
  • LEV 5: Guided tour of the refectory.

How To reach Bachkovo Monastery by Public Transport

  • Walk or hire a taxi.
  • Ask a local for bus details.

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  • Bachkovo Monastery Address: 86, 4251 Plovdiv and the Valley of the Kings, Bulgaria.
  • Bachkovo Monastery Contact Number: +359-3327277
  • Bachkovo Monastery Timing: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Bachkovo Monastery Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Bachkovo Monastery(preferred time): 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Bachkovo Monastery: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Plovdiv include Bachkovo Monastery in their plan

  • 74% of people start their Bachkovo Monastery visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Bachkovo Monastery

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Bachkovo Monastery, Plovdiv Reviews

  • Great surprise. The paints are extremely beautiful and we were astonished by the quantity and quality of the fresh paint around both chapels. Monks were very friendly and allowed us to take pictures. They even opened the small Chapel so we can visit it. Sadly the monastery is under renovation and the patio is kinda messy, but is still worth the visit. After Rila my favourite monastery in the country.

  • We had a lovely time there. The frescos in the main church are in fabulous condition. Don't forget to check out St Nicholas Church in the new part of the monastery. There are some very nice nature trails in the area that abut the monastery grounds. There you can find picnic grounds and waterfalls.

  • Interesting and unique place. It includes the tombs of patriarch Cyril and exarch Stefan I, two righteous among the nations.

  • It was a great place to see I saw a thousand years old icon it was really good

  • One of the representative monastery in bulgaria, this season also many visitors crowed despite under the renovation. Someone those who interested in religion especially Christ or Orthodox, there is worth visiting here and take enough time.

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