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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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+359 89 687 2010
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Highly recommended trip to this wonderful Monastery

This trip started with a spectacular drive up the mountain and arrived at the beautiful Rila Monastery with its amazing architecture and frescoes. Or guide Stephan was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
HILARY R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This trip started with a spectacular drive up the mountain and arrived at the beautiful Rila Monastery with its amazing architecture and frescoes. Or guide Stephan was very informative and helpful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd suggest the Rila Monastery even to those people who prefer not to visit religious sites. It's one of my favorite places I've been. Between the Church and monastery itself, and the museums, galleries and old kitchen etc, there is so much to learn about history of the region, as well as arts and crafts from various eras. Guys might... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked with viator and took a day trip to monastery Loved the place and our guide was quite knowledgable and helpful showing us the paintings and history of the building

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rila Monastery is 2 hrs driwe from Sofia and reachable with some of the organised trip from Sofia such as with Traventura. The Monastery sits high in the mountains and the main Othodox Church is surrounded by high walls of multi-storey buildings. The Church frescos are exquisite expecially the outside walls ones covering scenes of hell and punishment. A... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rila Monastery is a fascinating site - rich in history and religious significance. We enjoyed wandering around the grounds and through the church itself. There is a small museum that traces the monastery's history as well as it's overall role in national history that was quite informative. The mountain landscape only helps to enhance the overall experience of the monastery.

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Varna, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really impressive place. The monastery is unique and it has very long history. The nature is beautiful. Will visit again.

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

The monastery is very nice. We went in winter and weather was very cold, but the landscape amazing. There are a coffee shop and you can see all in two hours more or less. We used taxi because the bus was closed in new year's day. We also saw a paintings very good conserved.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

This monastery proved an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise to us as soon as I saw the metal light set in the air in the middle of the church inside and the famous cross carved with a large single piece of wood. Our group visited the place as an optional excursion during our packaged tour. I found this excursion value for money... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

It's quite an impresive site. We have been when it was snow, so it maybe added to the views. We came with our own guide. I don't know if they can escort you with a local one

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

We decided to go on the last minute because everyone recommended to go. We booked it through Vtravel 35euros per person with a guide. Actually its better/cheaper to rent a car and very easy access. You dont actually need a guide once you are there. Great views of the mountains and the snow. Beautiful.

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