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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359-0896872010-+359-07054-2208
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Description: 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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Beautiful church snugged into the mountains. Cameras can't capture how amazing the art and scenery are. The little history museum is a must when there. Words just can't describe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Visited here on 26 June and it was COLD! The main church and the general architecture of the ecclesiastical and residential buildings were really interesting. It cost 8 Lev to visit the museum but it was worth it. Great display of books, clothes and religious paraphernalia. The highlight was the carved Rafail's cross. There was another museum of domestic and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church snugged into the mountains. Cameras can't capture how amazing the art and scenery are. The little history museum is a must when there. Words just can't describe how beautiful the church is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

May be the most beautiful and stunning mountain excursion I have ever taken. 2-3 hours from Sofia, breathtaking drive and scenery. Worth a day out.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The monastery is 30-odd kilometres from the main road but worth it for the visit . The church is stunning and location sets it off. there is decoration every where . The church is free but The museum is 8LEv .Worth it for the air con. If you are interested in history then for £3 the museum is good value.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The photos just don't do this place justice. It's one of those places that leaves you gobsmacked. My words won't do it justice either - just visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This monastery made us stop & feel stunned by the colorful frescos & paintings on the exterior walls . We felt the2&1/2 hr drive up was worth it . The tiny fountain is Such a pretty photo opp . The interior too was mesmerising, the biblical depictions on the exterior walls have gone through a renovation & looked bright &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Your eyes will be restless from the striped pillars to the under the arcades ceilings to the inside magnificence of the main church. Colors are vividly depicting biblical scenes, sometimes in a humorous way. Do not miss the museum. You start by the lower level in the basement and you might go quickly there but then you come upstairs to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Whilst the monastery is a long drive from Sofia, it's worth the trip. The location in the forest is spectacular and the orthodox style wall paintings interesting. The church houses some very old icons dating back to the 14th century, It's also interesting due to its importance in Bulgarian history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Spectacular complex that looks amazing with the mountainous backdrop. I would recommend going with a guide, as English explanation is limited. We paid 5 levs to visit the upper floors to see some of the rooms, which was worthwhile.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was one of the most amazing sites I have seen. The setting and the monastery were beautiful. The religious frescoes in and outside the church were incredible. There is as new museum that was also interesting.

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Address: Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359-0896872010-+359-07054-2208
Location: Europe  >  Bulgaria  >  Sofia Region  >  Rila

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