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Address: Rila, Bulgaria
Phone Number: +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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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

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Rila Monastery - beautiful location, amazing museum, and wonderful icons

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank uniquestraveling
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our way back from Greece. We found a B&B nearby and visited the monastery right before the closing time. It's an impressive site, not just for the history behind it, but mostly because you can see and feel the place is blessed. There'a special peace, a freshness of the air and birds flying round and round... More 

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Thank Betty F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful day out today with Traventuria. The small group in a minibus was lovely and meant there were only a few stops on the way to pick people up. The journey after the pick ups in Sofia was 2 hours though the countryside and then a slow climb up the mountain to the monastery. Inside, the monastery is amazing. Only... More 

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a small group tour from Sofia, we're not sure how else you could visit without your own transport as it is quite a trek. When you get there it more than makes up for the time travelled. The setting is tranquil and would be scenic at any time of year. The buildings are architecturally stunning and the wall... More 

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Sofia, Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In addition to reviewing the monastery is better to take the time to walk and climb to cave. The area is loaded with very positive energy .A even if you have more free days is nice to take the opportunity to walk to Seven Lakes,

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Thank Галина Л
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited monastery in autumn. Awesome place, must see location. Roads to the monastery are just fantastic! Recommend to go to museum as well

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Thank Helvijs L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rila monastery is very old, traditional and special monastery. It is situated in the heart of Rila mountain amongs beautiful high peaks. One of the larges monasteries in Bulgaria. Popular place with many tourists. Suitable for couples, singles, families and all groups of people.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it, though I think it is better if you can find a bus or rent s car to go there. I was s bit disapointed at thr toyr I took. For 35eur I expected something more included, but you had to pay for everything (museums entrace, Boyana church fee, etc...) In any case I recommrnd you to save a... More 

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Kutaisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is not only recommended to go there, it is a sin not to visit. Quite an amazing place where you get in contact with a heritage that is not only visible but can be felt from the moment you get there. There is something magical in the air!

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