Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)

Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)

Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia853 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Well paved path to get to the fortress and amazing views of the canyon from the top. The church has some remnants of the old frescos. The fortress and church are in very good condition but the description of the site is mostly written in Bulgarian so it is not so accessible for non Bulgarian speaker/readers. Still an excellent site to see.
Written June 21, 2021
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sharpster08
Woking, UK409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stopped here on our way to Plovdiv and it was well worth a visit. The views of the surrounding valley and mountains are superb and there is a restored picturesque church. There is not much left of the actual fortress but it's a scenic and historically interesting place. Asen himself was a very important figure in Bulgarian history and his name crops up all over the place.
Written September 27, 2022
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L R
Galway, Ireland39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
The 12th-13th century Church of the Holy Mother of God is the undoubted highlight of the site of Asen's fortress. There are amazing medieval frescoe in the church and gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. The ruins of the fortress above the church were overshadowed by the church itself, although the view from the very top was frighteningly spectacular. I wouldn't want to go up if it had recently rained or if there were a bad weather forecast because many of the rocks were worn down and slippery. In any weather, shoes with good grips are highly recommended and those with a fear of heights might want to skip this attraction altogether.

The entrance fee was around 2-3 leva. It was very hot on an early September afternoon and there's not much shade. It's a good idea to purchase water down in Asenovgrad before climbing up the hill, as while there is a man selling water outside the fortress, he didn't have change even for the 10 leva bill we offered.

There were a few other visitors when we went, but it wasn't packed by any means.

There seemed allegedly to be some other churches to see in the surrounding area. The path to one was marked just outside the entrence to Asen's; however when we tried to head down it to the church, our attempt ended in an epic fail.

To get to Asen's from Plovdiv, we first caught a bus from Jug Gar (the same station with buses coming and going from both Istanbul and Sofia) to Asenovgrad. The buses seemed to leave quite frequently throughout the day. A sign on the platform says Asenovgrad (in Bulgarian: Асеновград), which, when we went, was platform 4. We paid the driver 1.50 BGN per head when we got on. No need for exact change, they have lots. The trip to Asenovgrad took roughly thirty minutes. The bus lets you off across the street from the Asenovgrad bus station. It isn't immediately apparent that there is a bus station back there, since it is obscured by some snack stands.

Once you get to Asenovgrad locate the river and walk upstream. To get to the river, you want to be headed in the same direction along the main drag that your bus was headed when it dropped you off.

The entrance to Asen's fortress is right on the outskirts of town. You can actually see the fortress perched up in the hills.

The road itself is well marked, and cars travel along it as well as walkers. According to the sign at the bottom, it's two kilometers uphill to the fortress. Although it sounds like quite a climb, the grade is never too steep, and there are a number of benches along the way where you can take rests. We saw very few other walkers; it was mostly car traffic.

The bus back to Plovdiv from Asenovgrad continues into the evening hours. We caught a bus back at 20:15.
Written September 4, 2011
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Sabsukene
Glasgow, United Kingdom25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Went there on the 2nd of January with a friend, we arrived at Plovdiv bus station around 10.30 and while there was no snow it was quite foggy. The buses to Asenovgrad are every 30 mins from stop 4 and cost 1.5lev, they didn't leave on the exact times advertised but where kinda always there. By the time we arrived in Asenovgrad the fog had lifted, walked maybe 20 mins from the bus station to the bottom of the hill, just say Asenova Krepost and the locals will gladly point you to the right direction. Once you are at the bottom there is a sign for it, just follow it and go along a long winding car road that slowly but steadily goes upwards. I am not fit at all! So it took us about 1 hour to get up there as we were walking slowly but the view along the way was already stunning. The ticket to get into the viewing platform complex was 2-3lev and from there you have nice and safe steps up to the highest point. The tiny church is so picturesque and i absolutely loved the view!! Don't be put off by the physical climbing part or the height, it is all fairly professionally handled and i wasn't scared. When we were there there were dozens of Bulgarians doing the same hike, though heard only one person speaking English.
There is an OK looking diner place along the way but we bought water and bread in the town and ate in up on the hill.
Fun fact: All the way down you will see a little path going up, there is a little viewing platform and a stunning little church with beautiful paintings on the side and some local old men excited to bits to see foreigners in winter. Overall, the local people were incredibly nice and appreciative, a great alternative to Sofia or the coast.
The buses back to Plovdiv go from stop nr 1 always at 20 mins and 50 mins past until i believe 8 o'clock.
Written January 12, 2013
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Yvette G
Sofia, Bulgaria9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Easily accessible with car or by foot. We went there with car. A beautiful place with great history. Next time we will go by foot from the City. It is a few kilometres walk but through a nice path and the view from the top of the fortress is priceless.
Written May 24, 2017
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Jaxxfunk
UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
After we read reviews and saw the pictures we assumed this visit would be a mountain trekk, lasting most of the day.

It's not anything like that. I guess from the previous reviews they were from the elderly or infirm.

It is a breeze to find, absolutely no need for a taxi if you want an easy stroll on a nice day.

Take the bus from Plovdiv to Asenovgrad (about 20mins). Ask someone under the age of 20 at the bus station for Assenova krepost and make sure your walking up hill. After a brief walk through the town (15mins) You will find the road that leads up to the fortress. There is a great restaurant with outdoor seating at the start of the road.

It takes about 15-20mins to walk up the surfaced ROAD to the site, there is no mountain trekking involved at all.

Once up there enjoy the view and the 12th century chapel that is all that is left of the old fortress.
Written May 28, 2014
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Tsvetana
Sofia, Bulgaria625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
I like going to this area even without entering the fortress. I think the best season to visit the place is autumn - the fortress and church look fantastic with the colourful tree background all around.
Be careful in rainy days when the stones at the hill are wet. It can get slippery. Go with comfortable sports shoes.
You can visit the nearby chapels too. The nearest one is "St. Atanasii", there's a sign at the parking showing the direction. A very nice place with interesting history. The person who maintains the chapel has done some marvellous job with it!!
Written July 12, 2013
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ST4347
Jakarta, Indonesia512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We stopped by on our way to the Bachkovo monastery. An easy and short walk to the fortress from the carpark. Once you are up you will be treated to a splendid view. Do climb up all the way to where the flagpole is.
Written June 9, 2019
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mjschaeffner
Vienna, Austria107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
this fortress is interesting due to the history not only of Bulgaria but actually the history in defending Christianity against the Islam already back in the 10th century. The fortress is only a ruin, what you see is the church as part of the fortress. Enjoy the scenery
Written May 12, 2019
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Raluca G
Ploiesti, Romania19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Located near Plovdiv,in Asenovgrad, the fortress is a must. It's a beautiful place. We stopped there on our way to the Bachkovo Monastery.
You can park uphill, near the fortress. The parking costs 1,5 lv.
You should definitely have a comfortable pair of shoes.
Written June 6, 2017
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