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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
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+359 89 687 2010
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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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The monastery is very nice. We went in winter and weather was very cold, but the landscape amazing. There are a coffee shop and you can see all in two hours more or less. We used... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
PaulaCristina2609
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Valencia, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monastery is very nice. We went in winter and weather was very cold, but the landscape amazing. There are a coffee shop and you can see all in two hours more or less. We used taxi because the bus was closed in new year's day. We also saw a paintings very good conserved.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This monastery proved an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise to us as soon as I saw the metal light set in the air in the middle of the church inside and the famous cross carved with a large single piece of wood. Our group visited the place as an optional excursion during our packaged tour. I found this excursion value for money... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's quite an impresive site. We have been when it was snow, so it maybe added to the views. We came with our own guide. I don't know if they can escort you with a local one

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We decided to go on the last minute because everyone recommended to go. We booked it through Vtravel 35euros per person with a guide. Actually its better/cheaper to rent a car and very easy access. You dont actually need a guide once you are there. Great views of the mountains and the snow. Beautiful.

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Thank Angy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Been there with my family. Its worth going there. I really like the height of the Monastery, its far away from cities, and nice to be there.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We visited the Monastery through our hostel (Hostel Mostel) for 40lev per person. The mini bus picked us up from outside the hostel just before 10am, on the way we stopped at a roadside cafe for a toilet break and for people to buy snacks. Before going to the Monastery our driver took us to the cave where the monk... More 

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Thank EuropeanCookie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I visite the monastery with some friends when we were in Bulgaria. We travelled from Sophia to the monastery by bus. The surrounding area is incredibly beautiful: it is in the middle of a mountain chain and beside the manastirska river. When we were there the mountain peak was snow-covered creating an idyllic picture. The monastery itself is quite interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

It's worth enough to take a day to visit Rila Monastery. It's an incredible place, spectacular courtyard with the church in the center and also the old tower. Nice outside wall paintings in the church. Don't miss the inside of the church. It's interesting to visit the museum also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you are in Bulgaria take time to see this lovely place. The Rila Monastery has a rich historical story, a beautiful church, amazing icons, and a wonderful museum. It is time well spent!

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I was there in Nov 2016, it was so cold the temperature was around -1C. I was supposed to stay at their accommodation but then I found out the price jumped up from 25 euro to 35 euro then I just decided to make a day trip. Basically you can just hang around the ground floor, can't go up stairs... More 

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