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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359-0896872010-+359-07054-2208
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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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Bad road, long walk from parking

Went on Saturday. Mistake. Busy. Road up is under reconstruction. Good sections new Tarmac. Terrible rubble. Both car parks were full. Had to drive up past the monastery nearly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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342 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on Saturday. Mistake. Busy. Road up is under reconstruction. Good sections new Tarmac. Terrible rubble. Both car parks were full. Had to drive up past the monastery nearly 2km to park. Long walk. One inside its spectacular. The portico frescoes are amazing

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Otopeni, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is an impressive place of Christianty, an ancient monumental monastery as fortress.It is built in Byzantin style placed in attractive landscape. The road to it,is not so good and it is needed a realy parking. Anyway Rila monastery must be visited.

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London, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is really well worth visiting. It is not easy to reach from Sofia but it's a must in Sofia. I could spend the whole day in this place since it's quite peaceful and relaxing. The backdrop of the complex which is Rila Mountain makes this place even more beautiful. It deserves the World Heritage Site status. We visited... More 

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Sibiu, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are on the A3 Highway in Bulgaria, and you have some spare time, make a detour to the Rila Monastery. It is only 2 x 31 km long, but it's worth doing it. It is a beautiful, well preserved old orthodox monastery, placed in a wonderful landscape. The mural paintings are incredebly fresh, and everything inside is eye-catching.... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been my favorite part of Bulgaria. The drive to and from there is a bit hairy, as the mountain roads are not paved and have huge potholes. It is still totally worth it. DO NOT MISS! It's located in a beautiful mountain setting and the complex is amazing. I could have looked at the murals on the outside... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a nice road , the visit in the monastery is beautiful. There is a small store near the monastery that sell kind of a donut.

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Thank Limor P
Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you come through the entry into the courtyard and see the ornate monastery in the middle, you understand why Unesco had this site on its list or important placed around the world. The church is covered wall- to-ceiling in frescoes that highlight saints, Bible stories etc. Eight monks still live there. Check out the old tower. For 5 Lev,... More 

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Thank Ryeman127
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An 1.5 hour ride would get you to Rila monastery. I had a private car ride and it was easy. There are tours that runs from Sofia on a daily basis and I've heard it's easy to catch buses as well. You will be blown away by the fresco on the wall. Make sure to yield time for the nice... More 

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Thank Jacqueline A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked away in the Rila mountains the monestary was surprisingly easy to find. We drove up, the last few miles of road up to the monestary are appalling and currently being repaired, this meant the journey time was a little slow, not a problem, just one if those things. Parking was 4 Lev for a long as you wanted. Entry... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think it may have been a public holiday on the Monday in August when we visited. There were lots of visitors, mostly Bulgarian families it seemed. The turn-off to Rila Monastery was sign-posted from the main road from Sofia; it is one road all the way up to the monastery, you go through Rila, go past a turn-off for... More 

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