Bachkovo monastery is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. It is beautifully situated on a ledge, on the right from the Valley of Chepelarska River, close to the village of Bachkovo, 10 km from Asenovgrad and 30 km from Plovdiv. This easy accessibility makes it the second most visited monastery in the country. During the weekends and on big orthodox holidays large groups of pilgrims and tourists come to pay a visit and spend a few relaxing our in the picturesque surroundings. The climate is favourable, as the spot is in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains. The summers are breezy and the winters mild. Therefore, most vegetables and fruits could be successfully grown in the yards. The monastery estate is almost 8000 sq.m and about 440 meters above sea level. It includes two yards and four churches. The monastery has 18 chapels, 10 in Asenovgrad and 8 around it. In the close vicinity, one can find the National reserve “The Red Wall”.

General Information
  • Bachkovo Monastery, photo by Atanas Dikov
    Bachkovo Monastery, photo by Atanas Dikov
  • Bachkovo Monastery
    Bachkovo Monastery
  • The Old Refectory
    The Old Refectory
  • St. Archangels Church
    St. Archangels Church
  • >Bachkovo Monastery
    Bachkovo Monastery
  • Bachkovo Monastery 1930
    Bachkovo Monastery 1930

Serving Mass

A mass is served twice a day – in the morning at 7 am and evening one at 17 pm (at 18 pm in the summer).

Staying at the Monastery



Wedding are usually held on Sundays in the church ‘Assumption of the Holy Virgin’


Christening Requirements

Support us

The monastic fraternity constantly makes every endeavor to maintain the Cloister of the Holy Virgin at its best condition; this is the condition the cloister really deserves to be in, in order to welcome the thousands of pilgrims that visit it every year, truly beautifully and impress them.
The maintenance of the fund and the restoration of the many unique frescoes, inherited by the holy forefathers, could be quite costly and the monastery does not always manage to cover all the expenses. For this very reason, we turn for help to every Christian and to everyone who values the Bachkovo monastery, to contribute within their means and thus join our efforts.

Every charitable deed will be welcomed with honest gratitude and intercessory prayer in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Mother for wellbeing and success of the contributor and their family.


DSK Bank

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