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Rila Monastery

Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Rila
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This is the largest operational monastery in Bulgaria. The location, structure and the appearance makes it really a must visit site. Even though it is a day-long trip you should not hesitate and go see it. There is much you can learn and experience at Rila Monastery. You can go in the museum and even spend the night there. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

you can either figure out how to get there on your own or go with a tour company out of Sofia. We went with a tour since it wasn't that expensive. The place is beautiful. All the art outside and in is amazing. We didn't go in the tower or museum but we walked around the complex. It's definitely worth... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Fairly long day but well worth it. I liked it all. It was quite an experience. The most amazing is the model that's carved out of small bits of wood. The monk who made it went blind doing it. Would go again. There's also a lovely bakery just outside that's well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is considered the top site you must visit in Bulgaria for a reason. Set amongst beautiful mountains, is this most exquisite monastery. The building is colorful, the artwork sensational. It is about 2 hours south of Sofia. There are lots of ways to get there. Take a day, and see this monastery. You won't regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It is an important monastery for the orthodox people and it is very impresionat that after a long road through the forest and behind a big wall, you will discover a monastery. It is very nice painted with scenes from the Bible.if you are in the area do not miss! You'll be impressed, it's a piece of history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Well worth a visit, beautiful mountain scenery on the journey. No admission fees except for the museum which were reasonable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We went to this area o Bulgaria to visit the Rila Monastery and are glad we did. It is not the easiest place to visit by bus which requires some timing for transfers and the buses from Rila village to the monastery are not often and at very inconvenient hours. That being said, this UNESCO listed monastery was worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Beautiful mountain setting - very scenic drive there. Easy to get to by public transport from Blagoevgrad. Soectacular frescoes on and in church. Museum very informative. Very impressive artefacts such as shrouds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The mountain road itself to the monastery is enough to brighten your day. There is also a very high waterfall at a certain point on route. Seeing the peaks of several other mountain ranges near the top is also a sight to see. The monastery itself is quite interesting in terms of architecture and it has deep meaning for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

This monastery is a destination. It is not conveniently located or easy to get to by public transportation. However, it is worth the journey. If you are traveling north to Sofia or south from Sofia, make this a detour. Parking is reasonable and the monastery visit is free.

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