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Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery w Bułgarii

Plovdiv is synonymous with Bulgarian history and a truly global city, in which the remnants of antiquity and the Middle Ages are skillfully intertwined with modern culture and the unobtrusive eternal beauty of the city. The most interesting part of the city is the architectural reserve "Old Plovdiv". Narrow medieval streets, majestic buildings of the 19th century, exquisite wood carvings, painted facades of old houses - this is Plovdiv, a fairy tale in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. In 2019, Plovdiv was declared the European Capital of Culture, which means that all restoration work will be completed, and a lot of various festivals and competitions will be held.

Further along the route you will go to the Bachkovo Monastery "Holy Assumption of the Mother of God", which can only be compared with the Rila Monastery in terms of its scale, as well as its architectural, artistic and cultural significance. The monastery was founded in 1083 by the Bakuriani brothers, Byzantine commanders of Georgian origin. The Holy Monastery got its name because it is located in the village of Bachkovo. There are also hotels in this place, where both pilgrims and ordinary tourists can stay for the night. The combination of centuries-old traditions of Georgian, Byzantine and Bulgarian cultures makes the Bachkovo Monastery one of the most popular places to visit. The oldest building on the territory of the monastery is the church-tomb "bone" famous for its frescoes of the 11th-14th centuries. Another relic of the monastery is an icon with the image of the Most Holy Theotokos, created in the first centuries of Christianity and received by the monastery as a gift from Georgia in 1311. There is not as much time allocated for visiting the monastery as we would like, but at the same time, there are souvenir and craft shops on the territory of the complex, where you can buy something as a keepsake or as a gift to relatives and friends (starting from a jar of honey and medicinal herbs collected in the Rhodopes, to huge shelves with ceramic dishes and kitchen utensils).