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. Plan your Bachkovo Monastery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bachkovo using our Bachkovo travel planner.
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Bachkovo Monastery Reviews
Our family is very happy from visiting this place. The children just loves it. Will come back again for sure. more »
This sacred place combines the beauty of the surrounding nature with the warm and welcoming atmosphere of one of the biggest monasteries in Bulgaria. It is free to enter and have a walk in the yard.... more »
Very beautiful monastery! The yard itself is really pleasant to just rest for a bit, with beautiful water fountains and 100-year old trees. Make sure to find the peacocks located in a separate enclosure out of the way. The inside of the church has been renovated recently - the ceiling is particularly impressive, with sparkling gold inlays contrasting against the dark pain of the murals and icons.
Beautiful calm place of meditation and worship. Church with lovely icons. Surroundings also beautiful. On a Tuesday in October very few visitors.
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