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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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Rila Monastery and its Museum are wonderful!

As I learned about the importance of Rila Monastery and its founder, the hermit Jan Rilski, for the entire country, I grew more appreciative of the place. But even without that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As I learned about the importance of Rila Monastery and its founder, the hermit Jan Rilski, for the entire country, I grew more appreciative of the place. But even without that context, the beautiful setting, with the waterfall churning nearby, and the gorgeous main church and the museum, all impressed me greatly. Our friend who is a local had driven... More 

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Been there several times over the last 5 years. Slowly becoming more touristed, but as it is a monastery it manage to obtain its magnificent calm and spiritual atmosphere. Very beautiful full of history located in the forest 1980 m something above sea level.

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Thank Johan-finsteen
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Rila monastery is a must see if you're in the area. The buildings and the art work are beautiful. You can easily spend there a couple of hours.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The monastery itself is beautiful, and Rafail‘s wooden cross in the monastic museum is breathtaking, but my favorite part of visiting Rila is the short hike up to Saint Ivan Rilski's cave. Take the road past the monastery 3-4 km and you will see an opening to park below a steep path up a hill and signs (in Bulgarian) directing... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this monastery in July on a sunny day, and the blue sky and green mountains created a truly spectacular setting for this beautifully mantained monastery. It is quite far for a day trip if using public transporttion but it is worth the trip. Consider staying overnight. I did not do it, but it must be even better, without... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel recommended that we take this tour and we are so glad that we did. Rila Monastery is a marvel...so much to see and explore. The inside is breathtaking and the outside is covered with amazingly detailed murals. Hint! It is cool here in the summer, bring a sweater!

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were attending a duathlon race in the area amd have taken the opportunity to visit in the Saturday afternoon. We had the chance to try the bakery production with great scenery around. It worth visiting on a regular basis. Enjoy!

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Thank Ogy_Kovachev
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peaceful and beautiful place to visit! A must! Rila Monastery is the most important spiritual and literary center of the Bulgarian national revival, with an uninterrupted history from the Middle Ages until present times.

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Thank Rosica26
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rila Monastery, one of BG's first christian monasteries is some 120km away from Sofia. The monastery architecture is beautiful and the surrounding nature is nice too. I visited the monastery when forests were changing colours in autumn and it was wonderful on a sunny day. Rila Monastery is one of the most popular days out of Sofia and agencies charge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful and peaceful 'working' monastery that somehow transcends history and modern life (with monks using mobile phones for photos). To hear the monks singing was a real bonus and the views through the monastery up into the mountain has to be seen to be believed

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