Assen's Fortress, Asenovgrad

High on a ridge above a river sits Assen's Fortress, a remnant of a stronghold with origins dating to the 4th century BCE. Inhabited by ancient Romans and Byzantines for long periods, the site once featured numerous feudal mansions and infrastructure, some of which have been excavated in recent years. Today you can see the remains of the 13th-century fortifications at the site. Look for the well-preserved two-story Church of the Holy Mother of God, rising strikingly out of a cliff. You can walk along the crumbling walls, amidst forests and rolling hills, to snap photos of these ancient structures that blend well into the scenery of the Rhodope Mountains. Put Assen's Fortress at the forefront of your travel plans using our Asenovgrad trip itinerary builder website .
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  • Beautiful. One could film parts of Lord of the Rings here easily enough. Yes, some steep stone stairs going up the mountain to the church but safe enough for a 4-year old, a 75-year old, and a woman i...  more »
  • A magnificent endoit overlooking the city. Perfect for taking beautiful photos. For my part, I find that this site is not suitable for people with minimal physical conditions. The only toilets are construction booths in a bad state. Too bad for such a beautiful site.
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  • Very beautiful place. Absolutely worth to visit! There is a beautiful tiny temple on the top of the fortress with amazing, special orthodox icon paintings. There are not many tourists there and also there are various eco paths in the area with beautiful views!
  • Nice ruins of ancient fortress well prepared for visitors. Great view of the surrounding landscape. Poor parking organisation in the weekends when crowded. Entrance is free.
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