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Rila Monastery

Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Rila
Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
2 reviews
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Koprivnica, Croatia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It is one of the places where you feel you are being far from all the civilization, crowd, far from the world. Up in the mountains, cowered in snow, half-frozen creek. Something spectacular. Then you look at the monastery and cannot believe that you are in such a beautiful place. It WAS freezing, but you start ignoring it after a... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

there is a rather long ride from Sofia to Rila (cca 2 hours) but the last half of the ride is through the mountains and small villages so it's interesting. Everything was covered in snow so we had a feeling like traveling through winter wonderland - the ride was well worth it. When we arrived to Rila Monastery we all... More 

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Sofia, Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Unless you are in a monastery tour visit, this place it can be considered to be a little out of the path for the regular tourist. Once there you will enjoy it.

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Thessaloniki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Gem ! This monastery is such a beautiful place ! Its location is incredible, high in the mountains ,amazing views, en route of a 25-30 km picturesque steep gorge, with thousands trees everywhere. The muesem is very interesting. Don't forget to visit the bakery. I visited on Christmas and I saw this place in his snow covered edition. Out of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If visiting the Rila Monastery, don't forget to go through the back gate and find the tiny Mekitci Shop. These wafers of deliciousness are best served hot and covered with icing sugar. Happiness in every scrumptious morsel, this is the closest you will get to a Beaver Tail on this side of the Atlantic! Yum!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Beautiful, well maintained monastery (one of the finest and most important of the Balkans), immersed in a charming valley. We visited it on a bright sunny day after a heavy snow fall, which added to the charm.

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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Monastery is very nice and full of history. Nice morning or late evening to visit to avoid the crowds of tourists. Then place and departments also worthwhile to hear. You can feel the beauty and serenity of the monastery. It's good to eat beans on a neighboring restaurant. Good were the cakes in the adjoining bakery.

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