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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Rila
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Description: Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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Moscow, Russia
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565 reviews 565 reviews
318 attraction reviews
387 helpful votes 387 helpful votes
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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176 reviews 176 reviews
37 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
79 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful setting, fascinating history, superb artifacts, spectacular architecture and doughnuts to die for. Make sure you have plenty of film or a spare SD card and avoid the mid morning mid afternoon bus rush of day trippers. Best visited without the hordes and masses. You may even learn something of Bulgarians and what makes the so proud to be... More

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Torrance, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Full day trip and not much to see. If you have seen countless monasteries and churches, it is not so impressive. Nice frescoes, small church, good for people who are interested in the history of this site.

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Munich, Germany
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is a beautiful monastery and the surrounding area is really beautiful as well, so I recommend to go there. But I am not giving 5 stars because I did not like their logic of entrance fees. It is free to go inside and also inside the church and fortunately the (smelly) toilets are also free :-) But the rest,... More

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Asenovgrad, Bulgaria
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Beautiful nature,stunning views. I recommend this destinations to all those who are going to visit Bulgaria=

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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great historical place where you can get the most accurate vibe of this old Eastern European heaven. Full of history and many Bulgarian stories, this secret place has managed to protect the Bulgarian history and serve as a hiding place for many authors, poets and revolutionary fighters for freedom! I would definitely recommend it for anyone interested in knowing more... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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691 reviews 691 reviews
49 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stoped here as part of our travels in Bulgaria. The monastery itself is amazing, but add to it that it is nested down surrounded by high mountains and you have quite a view. Do read about the history of this place and you will be so impressed with what good condition it still is in. They even take overnight... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
87 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The monastery and surrounding mountain scenery make for an amazing trip. The monastery is about 11\2 hours from Sofia and the drive through the mountains is beautiful. The monastery is in amazing condition and you do not have an entrance fee to worry about. There is food and amenities nearby...definitely visit.

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