|The Bachkovo Monastery - BULGARIA - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bachkovo Monastery - BULGARIA - UNESCO TENTATIVE
Another beautiful card from Tsvetana, showing one more site that hopefully will be a UNESCO World Heritage Site really soon. She never visited Bachkovo Monastery, but she says it's one of the most popular destinations among tourists (both Bulgarian and foreign). Thanks a million Tsveti, I wasn't expecting this cards and I really loved the surprise... maybe you can help me gathering all the Bulgarian Tentative sites (3 down, 10 to go). This postcard took 10 days to arrive!
The monastery is located in the Rhodope Mountains, not far from the town of Assenovgrad. Founded in the 11th century, it is one of the oldest monasteries in the Balkan Peninsula.It was connected with three cultures: Byzantine, old Georgean and Bulgarian. It has preserved unique and highly valuable monuments of architecture and painting, typical of Eastern Orthodox culture. The monastery ossuary (11-12th century) is a two-storied chapel with murals in both stories. It is unique in the entire Eastern Orthodox world.