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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“main church” (23 reviews)
“day trip” (42 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 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...More

Thank SlapstickBeds
Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is a difficult review to do, but it is beautiful in a number of ways. I liked the tradition and story behind this monastery, which was laid out for you in English and Bulgarian on the plaque in the entry way. I didn't like...More

Thank Adamatkin
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

This ancient Monastery is tucked away in a beautiful setting up in the Rila mountains along side a small river. It's exterior construction is lovely and quite interesting but the inside of the church is opulent in ancient orthodox style. I was lucky enough to...More

Thank and_beyondChicagoIL
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

It took us almost 5 hours to get there and back to Sofia, but it was worth every second. This is an absolutely beautiful monastery. Make sure you get more information from a guide, or visit the small museum, to understand the significance of this...More

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Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Try to avoid the crowds, been a couple of times the best was off season and mid week. A must do of you are passing

Thank Ian L
Reviewed August 9, 2016

Now,lets start by saying that I am Not religious at all.And despite this fact the RIla monastery is transcendent in Bulgarian history.According to the legend it was founded nearly 13 centuries ago by Ivan of Rila. During this long period of time,the monastery was burned...More

Thank Do T
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Even if the road to access was in a poor state and the work in progress disturbed the traffic, the view and the location of the monastery is excellent. With a splendid architecture and an air of spirituality, this place worth every penny

Thank Spadan
Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Took a day trip out here and visited the small church and the cave first.(aprox 5min drive past monastery) where the famous Saint hung out by himself for over a decade. Managed to cleanse our sins by squeezing through the cave to another cave above...More

Thank pimbolyn
Reviewed July 29, 2016

It was a beautiful and imposing Μonastery. The external architecture makes it unique. Located in a very beautiful area, surrounded by large trees. I will never forget the feeling that caused me when I walked into the courtyard of the Μonastery. Just stunning! Don't forget...More

Thank Foxy_WildSpirit
Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This place is something making the effort. This place deserves all the praises put on this monastery. A day worth spending out of Sofia

Thank Gary S
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
also please remember that the rooms are basic but will be ok for a overnight stay...........
May 21, 2017|
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
the best way is to rent a car if that is not a option for you there is a lot of coaches that go from the hotels all taxi are metered so it would depend on how many killometers you are away from the monastery and the best way... More
March 14, 2017|
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Response from GilGreg | Reviewed this property |
I took a bus from the West Station, which I got to via street car. I checked things out a day early to make sure I knew how to get there. Bus takes 2:30 minutes and leaves between 9 and 11 a.m. (I can remember). The... More