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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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USD 55.99*
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch
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USD 48.07*
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Rila Monastery Day Tour
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USD 70.73*
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour
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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” (26 reviews)
“day trip” (46 reviews)
“donut” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed yesterday

The cultural centre of the russian orthodox church in bulgaria. A must see, esp. in the early morning before the coaches with the tourists arrive!

Thank jascheissdiewandan
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is high in the mountains. I did have a privilege to sleep inside in the monastery. Very quiet place perfect for reflection and prayer. The church which is in the middle of the monastery is out of this world. Very dark with only...More

Thank Aragorn65
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a lovely, peaceful monastery to visit. I would fully recommend going with a good guide as there are many interesting facts and stories behind the architecture and murals which may be missed if you are on your own. One should be dressed appropriately...More

Thank Karen v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Monastery at Rila is around a 2 hr drive from Sofia - so great day trip material! I visited on a lovely sunny day in October and the colour of nature in the mountains was dazzling. The Monastery itself is very beautiful, unfortunately like...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had read about Rila as a must-see, so went out of our way to visit. It is a bit of a pain to get to, and took us about 2.5 hours. It is not really en route to anything unless you're going South of Sofia,...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is situated in the mountains and the drive itself is pretty. The monastery has been around for several centuries and has its own fortress and defenses. Beautifully built with a great museum chronicling the events over the centuries. The weather was bracingly cold...More

Thank nathanir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This monestary is in a beautiful setting and is free to enter. There are a number of museums on the site which you can pay to enter. Highly reccomend the 5lv to go up the tower and the 8lv to go into the museum to...More

Thank firefairie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took over two hours to get here from Sofia. A beautiful place, shame you couldn't take pictures in the church. It was smaller than expected, but lovely. Word of warning there is Turkish toilets, I didn't use them and walked out of the place...More

Thank cazzzie987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful monastery in the middle of Rila mountains. It's worthed a trip there and visit the interesting museum with the famous and amazing Rafail's cross. You can ask the key to visit one of the monk's cell.

Thank Maria V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive to this place is a little long but well worth it. It is free but the place is very crowded because it is a very popular spot to visit. The architecture and paintings are a must see. Watch your step due to uneven...More

Thank 427BeatleBob
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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