Road up to Bachkovo Monastery - lined with stalls selling honey, jam, and plenty of touristy knick-knacks.
Gate onto road to monastery
Gate to the Bachkovo Reserve
Entrance to the Bachkovo Monastery
Brief history of the monastery, and map of short hiking trails to nearby villages.
First courtyard of the monastery
Church of Sveti Bogoroditsa (the Assumption of Our Lady) - built in 1604, contains a silver icon of the Holy Virgin dated from early 14th century
Archangel Church (12th century)
Sveti Nikolai Chapel
Entrance to Sveti Nikolai (St. Nicolas) Chapel (built 1836)
Murals painted by Zahari Zagraf, in porch of Sveti Nikolai
Ceiling mural in porch of Sveti Nikolai
Zahari Zograf's painting of the Last Judgement (1840) - the condemned Turks (without haloes)
The domed ceiling inside the Sveti Nikolai chapel
Elderly monk inside the chapel
Frescoes inside the chapel
Trinh making friends with the monks
There was a baptism today inside the Sveti Nikolai chapel
Fresco in front of refectory - shows the monastery as it appears today, but watched by God's eye and a celestial Madonna & Child, with pilgrims proceeding to a hill in the vicinity to place icons.
Frescoes on the porch of the bell tower of Sveti Bogoroditsa - depict horrors in store for sinners.
Entrance to Sveti Bogoroditsa - painting of the Holy Trinity above
Inside Sveti Bogoroditsa
People in line to visit the 14th century Georgian icon of the Holy Virgin, said to be an authentic portrait of Mary painted by the Apostle Luke.
Church lady selling candles to pilgrims
Chandelier in the Sveti Bogoroditsa
Crypt of the patron of Bachkovo Monastery
A pilgrim paying homage to the miracle icon of Virgin Mary
Candle stands inside the church
The sheep & goats that keep the monastery grounds free of weeds & grass.
Gate leaving the monastery grounds
The Chepelarska Gorge - its river is harnessed to produced electricity. The gorge is pass on the drive from Plovdiv to Bachkovo.
The locals also use the river to cool off during hot days.
Sunflowers along the highway from Bachkovo to Plovdiv to Sofia.