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Rilski Manastery

Next to Sofia , Plovdiv and one of the 3 moutain chains, you should definitely take the time to visit the Monastery in Rila.

It is situated in the Rila mountain, at 1,147 meters above sea level.

It was founded in the l0th century by The Bulgarian monk St. John of Rila and rebuilt in the l3th -l4th century. In the l5th century, when Bulgaria fell to the Ottoman Turks, the monastery was abandoned for a short time but in the second half of the same century it was restored to a new life. Later it was for several times plundered and destroyed by fire. Its thorough renovation began in the early l9th century, when the residential wings and the church of the Holy Virgin were raised (1834-1837). The Rila Monastery has been listed as a world monument of culture by UNESCO in 1983.

Buses from Sofia bring you first to Rila town and then over a good asphalt road up in the mountains straight to the monastery’s gates .

  • Last visit to Rilski Manastir: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JuliaMac's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Nice pics from Rila Monastery!!! I like it very much! Thanks

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2006 at 8:06 AM

    Outstanding photographs of the most beautiful and the best known Bolgarian monastery.

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2005 at 10:47 PM

    wonderful photos!

  • morgenhund's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2005 at 8:52 AM

    I think I'm going to have to discover Bulgaria before other people do! Mike

  • lillyia's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2005 at 2:43 PM

    Hi, great short&funny comments. Now I know there is 'tepavitsa' at the RM too. I knew about the Etara one, but not about this. Just visited your Pirin pages and now I'm heading to the 'Rila' ones. I hope you enjoy your trip(s) here. Welcome back!


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