Tag: Bachkovo Monastery

Icon-painting

Bulgarian IconBulgarian icons have a thousand year’s history and many of them belong in the treasury of world art. Icon painting in Bulgaria must have originated officially with the adoption of Christianity in 865.

Numerous churches and monasteries were built in the Bulgarian capitals. All these places of worship were decorated with murals and icons. Since then the Bulgarian icon, a symbol of the Christian cult and church ritual, has developed as a fundamental part of the art of the country.

Preslav ceramic icons, the oldest Bulgarian icons found so far, were also very interesting examples of medieval Balkan art. The icon painting tradition was enriched in the 13th- 14th c. Read more

Asen Fortress

Church of the Holy Mother of God_Asen's FortressThe medieval Asen’s Fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains  is situated on a high rocky ridge on the left bank of the Asenitsa River.

The earliest archaeological findings date back from the time of the Thracians, the area of the fortress has also been inhabited during the Ancient Roman and Early Byzantine period.

The fortress gained importance in the Middle Ages, first mentioned in the statute of the Bachkovo Monastery as Petrich in the 11th century.

The fortress was conquered by the armies of the Third Crusade. Read more

Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo monastery The Bachkovo monastery is the second largest in the country.

It is located in the lovely valley of the Chaya River, some 10 km from the town of Assenovgrad. Read more