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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +359-0896872010-+359-07054-2208
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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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Amazing Building

It was a bit of a journey to go there, last 10km there is roadworks and we hit a lot of traffic on the way, also limited parking so had to park in 'a forest' and walk a little... read more

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a bit of a journey to go there, last 10km there is roadworks and we hit a lot of traffic on the way, also limited parking so had to park in 'a forest' and walk a little, but except for that it looked great, inside was just gorgeous words cant explain, highly recommend it,

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Aventura, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to take a tour to the Monastery on our way from Sofia to Macedonia and although the view, the monastery itself and the surrounding mountains are beautiful the horrifying thing was going to the toilets which are part of the Monastery once you enter the main gate. You are welcomed by a terrible smell 5 min before you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You cant describe the set of the monastery with words. It is very secluded, and very beautifully constructed. Was sad that all the floors were sealed off, so could not go up to take photos, look around, and the museum is a bit expensive to what it offers. But generally the whole building leaves you breathless.

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Thank Noémi G
Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I just love this place - and I visit quite often. The clean and crystal-clear air, the beautiful scenery around, the exquisite architecture and decoration, the love, skill and patience that so clearly went into its restoration after the disastrous fire in 1833; they are all a testament to the dedication and belief behind the monastery and its long history.... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

high in the mountains is this beautiful monastery. The church is impressive, both inside and out. I even bought some holy water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Large and well decorated buildings, outstanding frescos, and the surroundings are spectacular too. Don't forget to visit the bakery for bread and donuts. The brickwork is intricate and impressive, as is the paving of the courtyards. The chandeliers, frescos and alter pieces even more so. Don't miss it if you get within 200 kms! And stop for snacks, views and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a unique place, much different than other monasteries that I had previously visited. I enjoyed the museum pieces displayed depicting exquisite craftsmanship. So much history, a real treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been planning this visit to Rila for a long time and finally this summer I did it! It is definitely worth! The only thing I regret is not having spent more time there. We spent only one day. Even the location is wonderful. There are a lot of places to hike and trek. The monastery itself is really... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was worth the trip. The Monastery is in incredible shape. The paintings on the walls and ceiling of the wrap around porch are amazing. Make sure you do the tour of the kitchen, it will cost a few leva, but it's worth it to see the chimney alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Should be a top priority to see the Rila Monastery while in the Sofia area. This is a UNESCO site and worth the trip to get a feel for the local history and culture. Walk outside and around the buildings too. The bell tower is older than the rest, having survived a fire. Monks continue to live and work here.... More 

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