The Petropavlovski monastery, known also as Lyaskovets monastery, is one of the 14 monasteries built in the neighborhood of the old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo, during the Second Bulgarian State (12-14th century). The monastery, named after St. Peter and St Pavel, is one of the best preserved monasteries from that time, not least because of its hard-to-reach location. It perches over the high and inaccessible rocks of the Arbanassi plateau, 6 km to the northeast of Veliko Turnovo. The monastery and particularly its 31-high bell-tower are well seen from the lows and according to many, it resembles a mysterious medieval castle. Once one climbs to it, its terrace reveals a glorious view over the Danube plain and the Balkan mountains.