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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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+359 0896872010
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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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Rila Monastery is a great day (or half-day) trip from Sofia - about 1.5 hours by car. I would recommend renting a car instead of taking the daily shuttle. Car rentals are very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rila Monastery is a great day (or half-day) trip from Sofia - about 1.5 hours by car. I would recommend renting a car instead of taking the daily shuttle. Car rentals are very cheap ($30/day including tax and the add-on insurance for the smallest size vehicle), the roads are well-maintained, and navigation is fairly easy. When I checked online prices,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Monastery as one of the optional excursions from Gate1. There were about 25 others from our tour group that also went. The monastery is over an hour drive from Sofia, but it is totally worth it. The scenery is very pretty along the way, and the monastery itself if magnificent.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So nice to see this place was lovelly nice to see it with all the snow and was not very Busy compared to the summer

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a lovely peaceful place with a fantastic mountain backdrop. Well worth stopping here for a wander around the cobbled courtyard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 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 15 February 2017

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 15 February 2017 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 13 February 2017 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 29 January 2017

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 24 January 2017

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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