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The Bachkovo Monastery Assumption of the Virgin

The Bachkovo Monastery Assumption of the Virgin

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The second largest Bulgarian's monastery is situated close to the village of Bachkovo, about 10 km south of Asengovrad and 25 km south of Plovdiv, in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountain. It was established in 1083 by the Georgian Gregory Bakuriani and was renovated in the end of XVI and the early XVII century, when the south wing of the building and the present monastery church “Virgin Mary” were built. The monastery is still functioning and its annual holiday is on August 15.

Entrance of the monastery
Entrance of the monastery
The mural at the entrance to the monastery indicates that it is Stavropigial (one of the three Stavropigial monasteries in Bulgaria). Its present-day status is a continuation of an ancient tradition laid down at the founding of the monastery.

Main Monastery Church
Main Monastery Church
The main church, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, was built in 1604 on the foundations of another old church.

The Bachkovo Monastery Assumption of the Virgin
The well-preserved iconostasis of the main church is one of the earliest in Bulgaria. Some of the icons date from the time the church was built, while others were painted at the end of the 18th century. The main icon in the monastery, the Miraculous Icon of the Holy Virgin, is also located in teh church.

The Bachkovo Monastery Assumption of the Virgin
The largest exterior mural painting in Bulgaria is located on the exterior wall of the Old Dining Room. It was built in the middle of the 19th century and presents the monastery and the surrounding areas, participants in the procession, the exit of Asenovgrad and chapels in the area. On both sides of the central composition are depictions of saints of war.

Church of St. Nicholas
Church of St. Nicholas
Church of St. Nicholas, located in the southern monastery courtyard, was built in the period 1834-1836. It was painted by the renowned Renaissance artist Zahari Zograf. The church is active and baptisms take place there.

Museum of Bachkovo Monastery
Museum of Bachkovo Monastery
The monastery has its own museum, which holds many ancient church objects related to its history.

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