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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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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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Amazing place

This is one of the major sights of Bulgaria, and with good reason. The frescoes are amazing; the striped exterior is unique. The setting is remarkable. The monastery is tucked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is one of the major sights of Bulgaria, and with good reason. The frescoes are amazing; the striped exterior is unique. The setting is remarkable. The monastery is tucked into the mountains, and the drive up to it is very scenic. This is a great day trip from Sofia, and worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nestled in the mountains, this monastery is a great place to explore what it is like in a fully functioning monastery. The story behind the building and why it was built is a great one, I suggest that people go back up to the mountains and explore the cave the original monk lived in!

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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went here with a minibus and so the travel was without complication. We hav a lot of free time for visiting the church at independently and have a look at all the complex. The site is very interesting and there are a lot of things to see. So 2, 3, 4 or even 5 hours are a good time... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

super contrasting colors adorn all walls. location is "middle of no place", so car or tour is best way to get there. surroundings were beautiful. museum needs more english, some explanation of paintings would also be nice

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A really amazing place - a holy place for Christians and a building with amazing architecture. The frescoes in the church are very well preserved and the hole inside on the main church strikes. Visit the museum as well - the wooded crossed is a mind blowing masterpiece. The surrounding mountains are also very beautiful. A definitely must see!

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Glyfada, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It is a must to see in Bulgaria and it deserve it. You can reach the monastery in a day trip with bus from the center of Sofia and costs €25 per person. The area is great with a lot of rivers, woods. The architecture is great and of course the religious importance.

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Bolzano, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I had seen it in pictures before, and well, it didn't look so amazing. But when I arrived, I realized how magic it is. The paintings are simlpy amazing, as well as the whole monastery. The museum is the only part I did not like that much. Location is also very nice, at the feet of the Rila mountains and... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We had a great time at the monastery, especially with the snow on the summit in the background ! It's better to get there by car.

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Lisboa, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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