In and around Plovdiv

Monasteries and Churches

Hidden in the mountains of Bulgaria lies a huge wealth of cultural landmarks, but the monasteries strewn throughout the country stand out. The monasteries of Bulgaria are known for their stunning architecture and historical significance and each and every of them is an unforgettable experience. Travellers interested in culture and medieval art, as well as the ones who are looking to get in touch with their spirituality, all flock to the famous Rila Monastery, the Bachkovo Monastery, the Troyan Monastery and the Rozhen Monastery. The Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, carved directly into the side of a mountain, are one of the most stunning landmarks in Bulgaria, and rightfully recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their unique wall frescoes. The UNESCO protected Boyana Church, built all the way in the 10th century, is famous for its stunning collection of over 240 wall frescoes. The Old Town of Nessebar – also under the protection of UNESCO - is home to 13 churches dating back to as far back as the 4th century. Bulgaria is a treasury of breathtaking churches and monasteries all waiting to be explored.