Visit of the Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation Oleg Safonov in Bachkovo monastery
Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria Nikolina Angelkova and her guest the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation Oleg Safonov visited Bachkovo monastery on 28.01.2016. The guests got acquainted with the spiritual, cultural and historical values stored in the monastery, presented to him by the Abbot arhim.Simon.
Mr. Safonov emphasized the opportunity provided by the Orthodoxy for the development of pilgrimage and cultural tourism and the important place that has Bachkovo monastery like object kept alive the centuries-old Orthodox spiritual tradition and unique patterns of Orthodox art.
The high guests and Father Abbot discussed opportunities that cloister provided for pilgrims and tourists from Russia and ways to increase visits by citizens of the Russian Federation.
The meeting was attended by the heads of the local administration in Plovdiv’s district - the mayors of the towns of Plovdiv - Mr. Ivan Totev, Asenovgrad - Dr. Emil Karaivanov and Karlovo - Dr. Emil Kabaivanov.
The arriving of the delegation
Mr.Safonov in front of the miracle-working icon of the monastery
In the nartex of St.Nicolas church
Mr.Safonov with the Abot of the monastery archimandrite Simon
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.