Asenova Fortress – Bulgarian Medieval Fortification, Bulgaria

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on May 22, 2008

Asenova Fortress is a medieval fortress in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains, 2-3 km south of the town of Asenovgrad, on a high rocky ridge on the left bank of the Asenitsa River.

The earliest archaeological findings date from the time of the Thracians, the area of the fortress being also inhabited during the Ancient Roman and Early Byzantine period. The fortress gained importance in the Middle Ages, first mentioned in the statute of the Bachkovo Monastery as Petrich (Петрич) in the 11th century. The fortress was conquered by the armies of the Third Crusade.

It was considerably renovated in the 13th century (more precisely 1231) during the rule of Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen II to serve as a border fortification against Latin raids, as evidenced by an eight-line wall inscription.

The best preserved and most notable feature of Asenova krepost is the Holy Theotokos of Petrich Church from the 12th-13th century. It is a two-storey cross-domed single-naved building with a wide narthex and a large rectangular tower, and features mural paintings from the 14th century.

Taken by the Byzantines after Ivan Asen II's death, the fortress was once again in Bulgarian hands at the time of Ivan Alexander in 1344 only to be conquered and destroyed by the Ottomans during their rule of Bulgaria. Now it is in regular use as a Bulgarian Orthodox church.

Faintlightofdawn on June 2, 2008

I guess the other pciture refers to this. Love how the colour of the sky contrasts with the building. Best wishes,

picsonthemove on June 2, 2008

I like your comments, good shot


Dramatic view and mood




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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on July 14, 2008

wOw, thanks picsonthemove, I forgot this answer. But I would like to tell you that you are in My Favorites!

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F. Nestares on July 26, 2008

Buena fotografía. Saludos desde España

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on July 26, 2008

Thanks F. Nestares!

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Ferlancor Pano Yes on May 31, 2013

Hi my friend Georgi Excellent shot; fantastic scenery ; wondeful picture.


Greetings from Córdoba.


Ana María Ossorio Ló… on June 6, 2014

Great shot! 2/3**--AnaM

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