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Rila Monastery Entrance Ticket
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Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Rila, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The monastery is magnificient. You expericene a special feeling visiting this place. It's really beautiful, the only restriction is that one can not take photos inside of the main church. Tip 1 (for travellers by car). Parking may be tedious, so it's better come early....More

Thank Kostyantyn V
Reviewed 6 days ago

There are some truly beautiful Monastery's in Bulgaria, but for me, the Rila stands out as the number one, because of the sheer size of the place and the large architectural and ornate detail, the place is well worth a visit and a dream for...More

Thank BulgarianFinder
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another must to be seen during a visit to Bulgaria. Biggest monastery of Bulgaria. Beautifully located in Rila Mountains. Impressive icons. Paintings in beautiful colours

Thank Brigitte R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the biggest and the most famous monastery in Bulgaria, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a must see place for any tourist in Bulgaria. There one can feel the local culture and spirit. I strongly recommend trying the products of monastery's bakery...More

Thank svetlomirpetrov
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent idea for a day trip from Sofia. We bought a shuttle tour via V Travel, the leaflets are available at the Sofia tourist office (i couldn't find any public transportation going there).The monastery is quite impressive, with a magnificent orthodox church...More

Thank Alessio0575
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We read about the Rila Monastery prior to our arrival in Bulgaria and we were looking forward to the visit. We also booked a night's stay at the monastery so that we would have sufficient time to slowly explore the place. We found the architecture...More

Thank dannychan_sg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is quite hard to get here, so I got an organised tour from Sofia. It gave me lots of free time in the Monastery, and also some info on the way there and back. I think it was the best way to visit Rila...More

Thank Mattias S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove from our hotel in Sofia to the Ria mountains via the 139km motorway. We then drove another 40 minutes through little villages on an OK minor road to the Monastery. You can park just before the large car park for free. The monastery...More

Thank AnnetteR292
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided that an organised tour would be easier, and with the inclusion of Boyana church, more time-efficient for us. The public service bus from Sofia to Rila would have been cheaper but the bus station is a little way from the centre, plus we...More

Thank foxjenny
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This monastery is quite a way from Sofia, but can be reached on a day trip from there. It is impressive and very well-maintained (it owns an efficient forestry operation that generates a lot of revenue for it). The church within the monastery is unlike...More

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PearlB99
20 September 2018|
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Response from DoctorJoeE | Reviewed this property |
You can, yes, but the facilities are very spartan -- more like a hostel than a hotel. Never stayed there ourselves, but that is what we heard when we were there.
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rjaffelieb
1 August 2018|
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Response from maevans70 | Reviewed this property |
There are a number of motels nearby, think there is one just outside the monastery..
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