After finding the right road out of Plovdiv, we were on the way about , driving in the mountains that reminded us of being back home and going out for a fall drive driving home from Evergreen. Assen's Fortress was built in the 9th C. by the Byzantine empire to guard the gate of the Aegean pass as well as to secure the area's Byzantine border.
|The lovely Dahlia and Noam|
|The 12th C. St. Mary of Petrich Church in the fortress.|
|Near the altar was this painting on an elevated slanted table with coins on the bottom; no idea what it was.|
|We walked up here for a great view of the valley below and also a different perspective of the fortress.|
|Sign at the monastery's exit.|
The four of us hiked up a path a few minutes to the Ossuary for some more lovely views before returning to the car.
trying to decide where to stop next, at Rila Monastery or at Boyana
was so similar to Rila and Boyana was so much closer since they were under a time
crunch. I wonder what they decided!