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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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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I was ravish by the place. Quiet even with the crowd. Magnificent painting and architecture. You can enter in the church, walk around the monastery and visit the museum if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Lisboa, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

After a 2 or 3 hours from Sófia by bus, it was a very good surprise to see. Very interesting. Lunch was included in a near restaurant and the trout was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I was ravish by the place. Quiet even with the crowd. Magnificent painting and architecture. You can enter in the church, walk around the monastery and visit the museum if you like. The situation in the mountains make the place more impressive.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The facility is in perfect condition. The paintings on the walls are great. This place is near 700 years old and is included in many events that happened in the history of Bulgaria.

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Paris
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80 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

On the way back from Bansko to Sofia we decided to go and visit the Rila Monastery. From the main road it shows 36 kilometers to the monastery and we thought it would be a short trip but it is a mountain road deep in a valley and you cannot go too fast, but it is well worth it and... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This sacred place is still a monastery. The history is fascinating and central to Bulgarian identity. The museum has wonderful treasures and the guides are very good. One visit is not enough but will stay with you for a long time. The journey up the mountain is picturesque and there are super trout restaurants for lunch on the way.

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London
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

So many beautiful paintings, well kept. Tidy, clean, restored. The colours are bright on the walls, the surrounds are peaceful. They even have pine trees inside the monastery court. Just a beautiful place, well worth visiting if you are near Blagoevgrad. The fee is payable only if you leave your car in the car-park and also if you want to... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A day trip from the hostel with a driver explaining the sights as we travelled, I found myself finally off the beaten track, and seeing the real Eastern Europe. Moving ever upwards, we arrived at the millennium old monastery. Continuously practicing from the 800s, there is a grand sweep of history enclosed here. Above we began our tour with the... More 

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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was a very good place to be, a great starting point for some hiking opportunities. I usually go there to have a good relaxing visit. The monastery is in the deep mountain and the views are perfect. You could even have a walk in the near forests, as well as visit the Ivan Rilski cave. If you are into... More 

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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

If you choose only one place to visit in Bulgaria, it must be Rila :Monastery of Sv.Jovan (Ivan) Rilski from 10 th century. With it's rich history, amazing setting (with the snow covered mountains aroud ) and the fact that it is a working monastery it is one of the most unbelivable places i have visited not only in Balkans!... More 

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Burgas, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

the monastery is at the end of a long winding road but in a beautiful wooded mountain setting. The icons, and wall murals/paintings are truly superb, this building richly deserves its `world heritage status`, its still a working monastery and even offers rental rooms to independent travellers., its well worth the effort to get there, definitely a `must see`

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