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

Nice picture, I can't quite see the buildings you are describing though...

Cemil özkan on June 5, 2008

Prekrasen izgled... pozdravi

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 5, 2008

Thanks faintlightofdawn and cecemil!

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Vangelis Doutsios on June 9, 2008

Very nice photo. Greetings. Penelope

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 9, 2008

Thanks Penelope! Your photos also should be seen!

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Alfred Schaffer on June 23, 2008

Impressive landscape!

Your homepage is very nice!

greetings alfred

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on June 23, 2008

Thanks © alfredschaffer! Very kind of you! I too liked a lot your photos and I made nice trip with them!

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