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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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Munich, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 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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49 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This short trip is worth the time. The monastery is in excellent condition. The surrounding natural landscape is untouched. There is a small restaurant outside of the main gate that serves delicious fish.

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Cascais, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Rila monastery is located in Bulgaria,. After Rila, just keep driving for more 21 km thru a beautiful highway and you´ll get there. There's no fee to visit, but as all Religious places, wear smart casual clothes. just don´t miiss it! .

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Prague, Czech Republic
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

For everyone who admires untouched nature, mountains, history, architecture and art. First place where I saw so colorful paintings on the religious buildings. One of those places where you do not regret 4 hours drive (return) for chance to spend an hour there. Superb restaurants on the way back just after 5-10 km from monastery. Enjoying nature, fresh fish and... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Everywhere you go in the world is filled with churches and museums. They all have similar characteristics and after a while when you see so many it's rather anticlimactic. We went because this was the #1 thing to see in Sofia according to Trip Advisor reviews. It took about two hours getting there. The scenery was definitely nice but there... More

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

One can either catch a train or bus ( 7 leva) to Dupnitza. Both the bus and central railway station are located near the Ramada hotel . Bus departs at 10:10 am and artives in Dupnitza around 11:30 but several trains run throughout the day. Once in Dupnitza,either u can catch minibus to Rila monastery or if lucky big volvo... More

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