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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359-0896872010-+359-07054-2208
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Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and...

Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.

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you wont believe your eyes

Took a day trip from Borovets to Rila Monastery. the drive there was interesting enough but arriving at the Monastery, literally in the middle of nowhere, you are amazed at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the way to Sofia it was a 31Klm off shoot to the Monastery on a narrow , ordinary road but so glad we did it. It is a fascinating Old Monastery , still working with penitents, monks & visitors aplenty on our visit. We wandered around the site and marveled at the beautiful buildings & wooden structures but just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took a day trip from Borovets to Rila Monastery. the drive there was interesting enough but arriving at the Monastery, literally in the middle of nowhere, you are amazed at the size and grandeur of the place. I am sure that anyone making the effort will not be disappointed...

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Thank steveowen2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is not only a beautiful monastery and it will impress you, the view around is also fantastic and you will have a chance to have your meal in the neighborhood with the great dishes of mountain fresh stout. The monestry on itself is very impressive , not only the architecture, but also the paintings around and on the central... More 

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Naxxar, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must to visit this beautiful place. So quite and the air is so cold. Put on your wintery clothes when you visit the monastery during cold days. It is a shame that you are not allowed to go on the balcony to see from higher grounds.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see, good and cheap restaurants, lovely buildings, beautiful setting and I believe you can book to stay in one of the monk's cells.

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Thank Dawn l
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing place with so much energy, beautiful icons and frescoes. The bell tower is amazing. I dislike the small shops but what can you do...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

It's a very beautiful place surrounded by the mountains. The views from the bottom of mountain to the top were amazing. Besides Rila Monastery, there's another mountain which is about 5-10 mins away from Rila Monastery that's worthy to visit (sorry I forgot the name of the mountain).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We hired a car with driver from nearby Bansko which took around 2 hours through scenic mountain scenery.When we arrived at Rila Monastery it was a crystal clear bluesky day and all you could hear was a gushing river surrounded by mountains.The monastery is free but a token donation is appreciated as parts need maintaing.The inner Church is jaw-dropping in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

It's a jewel hidden deep into the Rila Mountains. It is one of the most well maintained monasteries rich with murals and ancient artifacts. There's car parking and a nice place behind to eat local food and buy souvenirs. More than the monastery it is worth visiting for the wonderful location and the surrounding mountains

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Going to the Rila monastery was one of the most strong expriences we had during our trip to Sofia. A hour and half driving trough the country side. watching the white headed mountaines. Great 5-6 hours trip out if Sofia.

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