Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery
5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
About
Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
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1-2 hours
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Nick
Varna, Bulgaria7 contributions
Oct. 2021
Great to have the foreign customers here. A self-guided tour helped us a lot thanks to VisitBulgariaOn. Great stuff!
Written 2 November 2021
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Konstantin K
Varna, Bulgaria8 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
The most beautiful and inspiring monetary I’ve ever seen! Don’t miss the chimney in the museum as well as the food. Everything here is amazing.
Written 20 August 2021
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Andrew S
San Francisco, CA20 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Family
The Monastery and grounds were outstanding and beautiful. However almost the entire staff were intolerably rude and obnoxious. Without a doubt all who visit this Monastery are expected and should be respectful of the holy grounds they are on. However such devoted religious staff and personnel should at the very least be the same if not more tolerable than the average person. Instead most of them are hypocritically not. For example while in the main church I thought it would be more respectful to keep my hands in my pocket so that they wouldn’t think I was going to physically touch anything. Instead one of the staff passed by me slapping my arm. Another guest visiting the site said that he was slapping my arm to get me to take my hands out of my pocket because it was in their opinion disrespectful. I think there is a better way to get his point across without his unwarranted physicality which under other circumstances would have triggered a less discreet me to have decked him. Then there was the accountant who refused to accept our online payment for the museum because she couldn’t understand the bar codes. I showed her proof that we had prepaid for the museum…and she insulted us. I said that if she wasn’t going to let us in if she could just write down her name and state that she refused our payment as an acceptable entry fee…we could get our money back. So she refused entry and refused to write a simple note. When I told her that I could just film her refusing our entry, she walked away and hid behind a post like a child. I told her that I could see her…but she just kept standing behind the post. It was both unbelievable and hysterical that an adult could act this way. The bottom line is…go there…admire the beautiful grounds and structures…take your pictures and get the f out of there. Oh and by the way men can wear shorts but women cannot enter their precious hallowed grounds without pants or leg coverings. Good luck all!!!
Written 19 July 2021
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desimgmG
Sofia, Bulgaria3,690 contributions
Jul. 2020
Rila Monastery is one magical place in Bulgaria, which everyone person must see! Rila monastery is my favourite monastery. My pics are from 03rd of July 2011.
Written 3 March 2021
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Yanko H.
Sofia, Bulgaria473 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Rila monastery is the biggest in Bulgaria and the most repaired and renewviert. It is absolutely sure in top 5 of the most beautiful and must see objects. You have to visit. No entrance ticket. Parking is 5BGN, but you can park 100 meters before the parking without paying.
Written 27 September 2020
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Ryan J
Los Angeles, CA152 contributions
Nov. 2019
This monastery is located where nature meets religion. So beautiful the craftsmanship is gorgeous, it is like a museum on the walls and ceiling. The whole monastery is full of history and story. I cant stop admiring the work of arts on the walls and ceiling. And they have local bakeshop where you can order Mekitsi so delicious. This century old snack is awesome.
Written 2 August 2020
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Joost G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands655 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Couples
The monastery is simply beautiful (free entry) and nicely positioned in its green surroundings. You can enter the main building (definitely worth it) and climb the tower next to it (5BGN, not worth the effort). Even when busy, it’s not crowded inside due to the complex being rather big.

Regardless of how nice the monastery is, parking is horrible. Parkings near the building are tiny and packed, and finding the next parking involves over a kilometer of bobbing and weaving on a narrow road between people walking on the road, cars parked on the side of the road and other traffic. Then if you find a spot (if) it’s a return trip back to your parking spot on foot.
Surely it’s better when not that busy, but on a busy day parking is inadequate at best.
Written 13 July 2020
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G_lo
Tel Aviv, Israel10 contributions
Jun. 2020
Beautiful, ancient place full with history and icons. I want to visit this place again next time when i go there. Have a positive energy.
Written 18 June 2020
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Крис С
Varna, Bulgaria2 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
This is the most beautiful place in Bulgaria, to visit, it brings a lot of possitive energy, ans it makes me feel calm!
Written 16 May 2020
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Czechmate
Pilsen, Czech Republic29 contributions
Jan. 2020
First and foremost, be respectful. We saw girls in low crop tops, men in short running shorts, people sticking cameras right in monks faces - who wasted no time in expressing their sincere objection. This is a monastery, and these people have dedicated their lives to this place. Walk slowly, please speak softly, and show the utmost respect and remember you are lucky to be allowed to visit such a fantastic place!
Written 11 May 2020
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