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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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Stunning, Awe inspiring... Breathtaking

Nothing beats the feeling of walking where saints once walked. This place breathtaking and puts you in Awe.... Incredible views all around, the old church is covered with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This monastery didn't disappoint although it was a pretty long drive for us to get there. This gorgeous monastery is surrounded by beautiful montains. The entire area included the monastery, a church, library and guests houses which were beautifully constructed in brown and white. And just looking up above the monastery, one can see breath-taking mountains and clear blue skies.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Nothing beats the feeling of walking where saints once walked. This place breathtaking and puts you in Awe.... Incredible views all around, the old church is covered with religious pictures that you can only see in Bulgaria.. Gold brass and carved wood grab your attention soon after you step in there. A number of museums for you to visit Agricultural,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The monastery itself is interesting and well preserved. We had a bad experience at the parking area next to the entrance where an unauthorized man "watches" the parked vehicles. The moment we arrived, this man insisted in us parking at one slot far from the gates. I decided drive further and parked 100 mts away, an area which does not... More 

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

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