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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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Dayton, Ohio
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673 reviews 673 reviews
49 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Horsens, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Monastery is beatifully situated on a mountain and it takes a while to get there. High walls surround it but inside in the courtyard there is a beatiful church with paintings and gold from floor to ceiling. It is really worth seeing. There is also a museum with Artefacts from everyday live in the monastery many years ago. When... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A wonderful place in a truly stunning setting in the Rila National park. The tour is very fascinating and tells the story of a shining example of Bulgarian defiance. The decoration of the exterior ceilings is incredibly well preserved and highly detailed.

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Mieres, Spain
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A lovely and beautiful monastery, surrounded by high mountains, go there seems like a traveling back in time. Look his frescos painted in the walls is breathtaking, you can walk free trough the courtyard, without problems. There are many tourist, however the monastry is a calm place. XIV C tower is a wonder, and of course the landscape is awesome.... More

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