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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“main church” (24 reviews)
“day trip” (43 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed yesterday

During the day the place is over run with tourists, but after about 6pm they all leave and you are left felling like you have the entire monastery all to yourself which makes for a special feeling and some lovely tourist free photos at sunset....More

Thank travellinglauren2017
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Rila Monastery is beautifully maintained and all buildings are restored really well. It is a small place and one does not need more than half an hour to walk around. It tends to get very crowded so it is not really a peaceful place...More

Thank Boyana T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Did the monastery as part of a prepaid shuttle that took us to the rila mountains (which we spent 5 hours climbing - amazing!) and then 2 hours at the monastery. Thought 2 hours was way too long and went round the back of it...More

Thank Rachael O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the visit, that's not a question, but expect herds of non-religious selfie-bot tourists swarming the place in season. The buildings and frescos are stunning, but don't expect too much tranquility and spiritual atmosphere due to all the tourists. The road to the complex is...More

Thank Étám I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Placed up in the mountains, about two hours from Sofia is this architectural pearl. Magnificent building well worth visiting. We took the bus from Sofia western bus station, departing once per day to Rila 10:20am (12 lev per person). Once there you have two hours...More

Thank Jonas A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an easy place to get to via bus, no need to take a tour. The monastery is set near a beautiful wooded area and is so serene. The frescoes are a wonder to see. If you get a mental picture of Bulgaria, this...More

1  Thank joancrounse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place in the mountains. Make a day of it, we were supposed to go to Vithusha mountains as well but the communication with the agent and driver got lost so we didn't get to go. The monastery is beautiful, and very historic. The scenery...More

1  Thank Graca P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We travelled with VTravel, I recommend the company, Mihail, our guide was really friendly and helpful, speaking great English. The Monastery is breathtaking, you can actually feel the divine powers there, and it is interesting to hear its history, and how important it is for...More

1  Thank Ábel K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful,peaceful,historic Monastery.............glorious outside.....and fabulous inside. Did we appreciate the frescoes: outside and inside. Our V Travel guide gave us much background info to really appreciate what we were seeing/experiencing. YOU MUST go to Rila: independently or on a tour! A true UNESCO World heritage Site.

1  Thank morewierd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the most iconic place in Bulgaria, and a visit to Sofia without taking the time to come would be a waist. Its free to enter and the place is beautiful and serene. A must!

Thank Clevlander
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3 June 2017|
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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...........
22 May 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
14 March 2017|
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Response from Stuart S | Reviewed this property |
We booked a trip through Viator in October 2016. This also included a visit to Boyana Church on the outskirts of Sophia and lunch. Rila Monastery is such an out of the way place that public transport would probably take... More