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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, 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: Religious Sites, Historic 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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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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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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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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Turner, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

If you are interested in the history of figurative painting and have never thought about going to Bulgaria, this Monastery alone is worth buying a ticket, and getting on a plane! Inside and out it is covered with outstanding works of art. Not so easy to get to, but well worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a beautiful monastery easily accessible from Sofia if you take a guide (perhaps a little more tricky on public transport). I hired a guide and it was well worth it for the knowledge and information they shared. Please note you're not allowed to take photos in the Church. The Bell Tower may be locked, but you should be... More 

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Maastricht
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Rila is a phantastic place to go. The monastery is located in a hughe national park and surrounded by high mountains. Do visit the place on a clear sky sunny day and the white colour of the buildings, the green of the Forest and the blue sky will be an unforgettable experience. In the Monastery you can visit the museums... More 

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