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Rila, Bulgaria
0896 872010
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Despite the many tourists, this is a really stunning place. We even had to drive past a landslide to get there.....but it was definitely worth it...it deserves its UNESCO status. It has been a spiritual centre for 1000 years. It has elegant colonnades, and most...More

Thank malholme
Reviewed 1 week ago

The monastery is beautiful with amazing paintings all over and an impressive architecture. I got there by taking Traventuria tours and the guide - Dafina- was very knowledgeable about the place and helpful. Nevertheless, we got there in a very crowdy day, St Mary- 8th...More

Thank Equis I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rila Monastery is very beautiful place. Need to go when haven't got many tourists but I can't give advice when is it. I read in one travel article that you can't say to sleap in Eiffel tower or Tower Bridge but you can stay in...More

Thank Petio T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of the building is very interesting. It started from one man giving up his normal life and becoming a hermit really with no possessions. A monastery was started with his simple life of doing good in the eyes of the Lord. Now it...More

Thank Dawn3847
Reviewed 1 week ago

one thousand years of history and influence - traditionally founded in 10th century, rebuilt during 14th century, again in 19th century it had a very important role for the Bulgarian culture and language, for church and for revolutionary movement against Ottoman power it is a...More

Thank PopisteanuG
Reviewed 1 week ago

This holy and peaceful place is a must when visiting Sofia. when in Bulgaria, spare some time for this amazing place which is decorated with lovely frescoes and is nested in the green Rila area where the highest peak in the Balkans, mount Mussala, is...More

Thank Roni T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Rila Monastery is well worth the trip. Left Sofia by 8am Saturday to beat the crowds. It is just under 2 hour drive. Spent about an hour walking around (more than enough time). As were were leaving the site we passed many tour buses...More

Thank SMERCH11202016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Scenic, tranquil mountain valley....perfect place for a quiet monastery. Colorful, impressive architecture. Many icons, relics, and historical items in the church and the adjacent museum. Do not miss the Rafail Cross in the upstairs room at the museum. Admission free for the grounds and church....More

Thank packcal p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a tour from Sofia, 30 euros each, is difficult to find cheap options, there is also a public bus that costs 22 euros round trip, I think you are almost forced to take the tour. In the monastery you can do any pictures...More

Thank Dansel U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the visit, a significant monastery still in operations today. The architecture is impressive once stepped through the front door of the compound. The tower is the only remaining original structure after a big fire. The museum is forth a quick stop to view some...More

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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..
10 July 2018|
Response from maevans70 | Reviewed this property |
There is a Rila Monastery Bus check their web site, phone 02-489-0883. Also buses from Sofia's central bus station. Do not forget to stop at one of the restaurants and have fresh caught fish!
10 July 2018|
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Response from Over60Countries | Reviewed this property |
I recently stayed here and reserved a room by emailing. It took about 8 days to receive a reply with a confirmation. I let them know my arrival and departure date, number of people, and that I wanted an ensuite. The rooms... More