Founded in 1971 the expositions were renewed in 2005 with the new archeological finds in the are. Located in an former Officer's house built in 1895. There are three exhibitions. The first one - the archeological exhibition presents the finds in the region inhabited from 7000 BC. Presented are finds from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. The second exhibitions consists of findings from Assen's fortress. The last exhibition is National Revival.
Working hours: 8-12, 13-17 Tue-Sun
On this place there was initially a Thracian sanctuary. Then there was a chapel of Bachkovo monastery. The church was built in 1835 using the grounds of the chapel and that's why the church has very interesting architecture.
The church is also called Ribnata (Fish church) because why in the process of the building there was healing water.
This church has very interesting story.
The initiative for building of this church belongs to the Bulgarians living in the area. At that time the services in the churchs were done in Greek language. The Bulgarians wanted their own church where Bulgarian language to be used. The building started in 1857 and lasted for 5 years and whole Christian society - Bulgarians and Greeks (or more precisely fanariots i.e. Bulgarians who pretend to be Greeks) - donated for it. A compromise was made - every other week the services are in Bulgarian, otherwise in Greek. When the church was ready the raws between two christians groups turned to a battle. As a result the curch remained as a Greek one and the Bulgarians decided to build a new one - St. Dimiter.
The fortress was included into the territory of the Second Bulgarian State in 1230 after the battle of Klokotnitsa. Tsar Assen renovates and strengthen the fortess. An evidence for that is the inscription on a rock there. Because of this inscription the fortress is named after Tsar Assen.
There is a translation of the inscription into modern Bulgarian on the 3rd picture.
Built in the 9th century to protect the Byzantine border although there are archeological finds that prove that the fortress had existed at the time of Thracians.
Further reconsructioned at the time of the Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II in the 13th century and named after him (the previuos name was Petrich Fortress).
The only building that remained is the church St Mary of Petrich.
The fortress existed till 1410 when it failed under the Ottomans and lost its strategic role.
Built in 13th century with inique 14th - century murals.
Find pictures of frescoes in my travelogue.
The town has not much to see but there is a nice way to the Assen's Fortress.3 kms,lighty steep,it's easy to walk.
A Beautiful Renaissance house at the exit of Assenovgrad.
These type of architecture is typical for houses in the Old Plovdiv and Koprivshtitza.