Asen's Fortress (Assenova Krepost) Tours

Asen's Fortress (Assenova Krepost)
Called Petrich by some, Asen’s Fortress is a medieval fortress in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains. Sitting high on a rocky ridge on the left bank of the Asenitsa River, the fortress was built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in the 6th century and grew to prominence during the Middle Ages. It fell into ruins after the Ottoman conquest in the 14th century, with only the Church of the Holy Mother of God surviving. One of the oldest remaining Eastern Orthodox churches, the two-story building features a large rectangular tower and mural paintings that date back to the 14th century. Renovated in 1991, it is used today by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

The fortress is also a stop on a hiking trail that takes hikers on to several chapels and, eventually, Bachkovski Monastery.

Practical Info

Asen’s Fortress is located 20 kilometers south of Plovdiv and about three kilometers south of the village of Asenovgrad. Buses to Asenovgrad leave from Plovdiv’s south bus station on bul. Hristo Botev about every 30 minutes during the week and slightly less frequently on the weekends. Trains also run between Plovdiv and Asenovgrad hourly. Walk or take a taxi up to the fortress from Asenovgrad.

Plan to spend about 45 minutes at the fortress. Guided tours in English are available for an extra cost.
Address: 1 Trakia Square, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria
Hours: Nov-Mar: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Apr-Oct: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Admission: 4 lv
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Cover ground that’s only really possible with a professional at the wheel and check off three key Bulgarian attractions in just one day on this convenient guided tour. Soak up the architecture and Roman ruins of Plovdiv Old Town, the 17th-century murals at Bachkovo Monastery, and 13th-century Asen’s Fortress. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off but excludes entrance fees.
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