The Bachkovo monastery was founded in 1083. It had its heyday during the Second Bulgarian Empire 1185 – 1396 but was ransacked by the Turks in the 15th and 16th centuries. The reconstruction began in the middle of the 17th century. The famous murals were painted in the 19th century. Bachkovo is now the second-largest monastery after Rila. It is a working monastery so therefore no photos are allowed inside the premises. The monastery was found by Prince Gregorios Pakourianos prominent Georgian statesman, military commander in 1083. The only part that has survived from the monastery’s original structure is the ossuary.