Monasteries near Plovdiv
There are more than 10 active monasteries near Plovdiv, most of which are concentrated around Assenovgrad. The second largest monastery in Bulgaria, the Bachkovo monastery is among those monasteries which deserve attention, as well as the Arapovo monastery “St.Nedelya”, Kuklen monastery “St.st.Cosma and Damyan” , Belashtinski monastery “St. George the Victorious”, Belocherkovski monastery “St. Petar and Pavel”, Muldavski monastery “St.Petka”.
The monastery was established in 1083 by the Great Domestik of Western Byzantine Garrisons, the Georgian, Grigorii Bakuriani. Due to its origin, the monastery combines three cultures – Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian. There are three churches in the monastery, the oldest one of which dated back to the 12th-13th century.monastery details
Arapovski Monastery was established in the middle of 19th century near an antique spring. The construction was done in 1856 and 3 years later the main church "St.Nedelya" was built. The most unique bulding in Arapovski Monastery is the church tower.monastery details
The Kuklen Monastery was established during the Second Bulgarian State and it was mentioned in the 11th century in a document describing the properties of the Bachkovo Monastery. It is believed that the monastery was named after the saint bothers Kozma and Damyan for their curative capabilities. The monastery emerged as a religious cloister around a spring of curable waters and according to the legend, it cures mental disorders.monastery details