No reviews, be the first!

  • Address: 1 Trakia Square, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Hours: Nov-Mar: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Apr-Oct: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
  • Admission: 4 lv

Plovdiv ATTRACTIONS See all

Asen's Fortress (Assenova Krepost) Tours

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.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour from Sofia, Sofia, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Plovdiv and Bachkovo Monastery tour from Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

The tour starts with a visit of the ancient city of Plovdiv, which several peoples have inhabited, leaving unique traces of their cultures. The next stop will ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.32
Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress Private Day Tour from Plovdiv, Plovdiv, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress Private Day Tour from Plovdiv

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover 3 of the most famous 100 National Tourist Landmarks of Bulgaria during this bestselling day tour from Plovdiv. Walk around the 45 m high rock bridges ...  Read more

Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.27
Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery and Assens Fortress Day Trip from Sofia, Sofia, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Plovdiv Bachkovo Monastery and Assens Fortress Day Trip from Sofia

Only one day will make it possible to visit three of the most important landmarks in Bulgaria – the Old Town of Plovdiv (1,5 hour drive from Sofia along the ...  Read more

Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.16

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message