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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Rila
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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Central Romania, Romania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

It is an important monastery for the orthodox people and it is very impresionat that after a long road through the forest and behind a big wall, you will discover a monastery. It is very nice painted with scenes from the Bible.if you are in the area do not miss! You'll be impressed, it's a piece of history.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Well worth a visit, beautiful mountain scenery on the journey. No admission fees except for the museum which were reasonable.

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138 reviews 138 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We went to this area o Bulgaria to visit the Rila Monastery and are glad we did. It is not the easiest place to visit by bus which requires some timing for transfers and the buses from Rila village to the monastery are not often and at very inconvenient hours. That being said, this UNESCO listed monastery was worth the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Beautiful mountain setting - very scenic drive there. Easy to get to by public transport from Blagoevgrad. Soectacular frescoes on and in church. Museum very informative. Very impressive artefacts such as shrouds.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The mountain road itself to the monastery is enough to brighten your day. There is also a very high waterfall at a certain point on route. Seeing the peaks of several other mountain ranges near the top is also a sight to see. The monastery itself is quite interesting in terms of architecture and it has deep meaning for the... More

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Denham, United Kingdom
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

This monastery is a destination. It is not conveniently located or easy to get to by public transportation. However, it is worth the journey. If you are traveling north to Sofia or south from Sofia, make this a detour. Parking is reasonable and the monastery visit is free.

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Although the last 20 or so minutes of the hour and a half car ride from Sofia was on a very winding road and I got a bit car sick, the trip was well worth it. A few moments taking in the refreshing air of the surrounding mountains did the trick. The Rila Monastery was uniquely impressive in its overall... More

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Lovely monastery in beautiful natural setting amongst hills. It is a bit off the main roads and the trip is done easiest by car. However many tourist agencies arrange it, for example as a one day trip from Sofia. The entrance fee to the monastery and main church is free. I read from other reviews there were some museums and... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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178 reviews 178 reviews
36 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you somehow can arrange it, the Rila Monastery is NOT to be missed. It's a way beyond any shade of a doubt that this is an attraction of national cultural and historical significance, a beacon of Bulgarian culture. The Monastery is equally interesting for those interested in local culture and those coming without any expectations. The Rila Monastery not... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Very inspiring place - mountaines, and still inhibited monastery with beautiful church. Direct touch to history of Bulgaria.

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