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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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Horsens, Denmark
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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3 reviews 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Set in the most beautiful valley this is well worth a visit. You can roam the courtyard free and see the fantastic architecture and the 14 C tower. The museum shows old mill workings and associated equipment as well as ovens and kitchens. It cost less than €2 to see. The tower with its paintings and suit of armour are... More

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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It is a peaceful place hidden in high mountains of the Rila. As it is the UNESCO WHS, I expected busy touristic place. There were many tourists arround, but anyhow it keeps its quiet, calm, peaceful and kind atmosphere. Really lovely place worth visiting!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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201 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is for me the activity to do in this part of Bulgaria. This holy place for the Orthodox Catholic in the middle of the Rila Mountains its a beautiful place. The small monastery houses lots of things to do and to see. The fact that is setup in the middle of the mountain just next to the road creates... More

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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Probably one of the most interesting places I visited. A beautiful monastery with richly decorated church in the centre. Despite the number of tourists, the monastery grounds are large enough to find a quiet space and reflect on the surroundings. The monastery is set in the forest and it is also possible to do some day walks from the monastery.... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The drive to Rila Monastery (RM) from Sofia is quite good. It is an excellent road, not many curves & one can drive at 120+ KMs. The Rila Mountains have snow covered peaks & become visible soon after you drive out of Sofia. We saw mountains on both sides covered with thick green vegetation. It looks beautiful. Once you reach... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Two our drive from downtown Sofia. So you will have a taste of the country side. Before entering the monastery we walk to a near mountain, on the way a church and a cave with a prayer place. The monastery is beautiful, impressive, colorful, well conserved and the most impressive for me were the paintings outside and inside the church... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

We took a day tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana church and I have to say that it was a wonderful experience. if you are heading there do get a tour guide, our guide Svetoslav from Traventuria has a PhD in modern history and was very informative and entertaining! So refreshing to view Sofia and Rila from a researcher's point... More

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