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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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Most beautiful monastery in Bultaria

One of the most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria. I went there when I was a little kid and after more than 20 years later, it is still one of the most majestic places here in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

An amazing setting in the mountains. All the buildings are picturesque and the church is particularly ornate. There is a bell tower which can be climbed (extra cost) and two museums (both extra cost) This is the jewel in the crown of Bulgarian sightseeing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The museum was nice and the architecture too but I didn't find it very entertaining. The cost to get into the museum was high as was the tower and gallery. Entry is free but these you have to pay extra for. Toilets were the worst I encountered. I imagine religious people find more value in the surroundings but for me... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria. I went there when I was a little kid and after more than 20 years later, it is still one of the most majestic places here in Bulgaria

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It is traditionally thought that the monastery was founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila, whose name it bears, during the rule of Tsar Peter I (927-968). The hermit actually lived in a cave without any material possessions not far from the monastery's location, while the complex was built by his students, who came to the mountains to receive... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Entering this Monastery was like walking in a beautiful dream! Mountains around; peace and quite (even with "hordes" of tourist) and beautiful wall paintings. It's the biggest one in Bulgaria and, if you can visit only one, please choose this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

An ancient monastery under the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It is located on the highlands and one could feel the coolness of the area even at noon. Huge, colourful frescos can be seen inside and outside the church wall. Even the ceilings are painted with frescos. We managed to witness a baby dedication in the church during our visit there. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We took a tour up with only one other couple. There are plenty of tours to choose from. The monastery is beautiful. The exhibition is terrific, the engraved cross a must see. We also were able to climb the tower, although the main attraction is definitely the spectacular church itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Limit your time here if you have young children as there is nothing for them to do. However, do include it in your itinerary as the architecture and frescos are stunning. Unfortunately no photography is allowed in the chapel. The candelabra, chandeliers and frescos were beautiful. We didn't go into the museum (a three year old had reached the end... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There are some spectacular views on the way up to Rila, so in a way it's worth visiting just to see the countryside. Took a trip here with Traventuria, which was well-run and had a knowledgeable, interesting guide (plus safe driving on the remote roads). It took just over 2 hours to get here from Sofia - traffic in town... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We decided to visit Rila Monastery because everyone talked about it. We rented a car and drove the two hours from Sofia to the monastery. It was a pretty drive although our GPS had us going down some crazy side street and dirt roads. The monastery parking was well organized. The monastery itself is beautiful and picturesque. We had some... More 

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