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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” (28 reviews)
“day trip” (48 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Rila, Bulgaria
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+359 89 687 2010
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"main church"
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"day trip"
in 48 reviews
"mountain backdrop"
in 7 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 11 reviews
"holy place"
in 8 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 16 reviews
"surrounding mountains"
in 8 reviews
"bus station"
in 8 reviews
"public transport"
in 15 reviews
"small museum"
in 9 reviews
"bell tower"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful paintings"
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"two hours"
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"wooden cross"
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"bulgarian history"
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"monk"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The hostel I was staying at in Sofia, Hostel Mostel, runs day trips from Sofia to the Rila Monastery, First stopping at the cave of St John high up in the mountains, which you should definitely go to as well. But then the big highlight,...More

Thank Wouter95
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a family with teens or children, I would recommend doing what we did: Rent a car. The tours have you hanging out for up to three hours and that's way too much with kids. Words cannot describe the beauty of the place,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After about a 2 hour drive from Sofia, we arrived at Rila Monastery about 1000 meters up in the Rila mountains. This place was founded by St John in the 10th century and he was the primary person responsible for bringing Christianity to Bulgaria and...More

1  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So many stories drawing around and inside the building, I don't understand though. However, I was very impressive. The architecture is really beautiful and attractive. The weather was colder than downtown.

Thank Liu L
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

A beautiful setting to breathtaking architecture. We hired a car from Sofia and took us under 2 hours to reach the monastery. Quite a rainy day but that didn’t change anything. Not many tourists at around 1pm on a Tuesday in March. Restaurant and cafe...More

Thank Christopher G
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

One can't fail to be struck by the sheer beauty and magnitude of the Rila Monastery. You don't have to be religious to be in awe of this compound- the beautiful colours such as the red, white and black striped archways and bright yellow domes...More

Thank gniteIrene
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Did a trip up to the monastery. stunning to visit, even more so when its covered in snow. luckily i went at a quiet tourist time so it was peaceful. Free to enter unless you want the museum i think which i didn't. the frescoes...More

Thank Sheila O
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Just the most extraordinary historical site. Stunning pamorama, incredible architecture and sublimely spiritual. This monastery is a must when visiting Bulgaria. Eat at the restaurants on the mountain roads as you travel up to the monastery - too expensive in the actual village. Sensible shoes...More

Thank Rosieposie073
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Rila Monastery is a place every tourist in Bulgaria should visit. I like the calm atmosphere and the unique architecture of the monastery.

Thank Katia S
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

A trip to Bulgaria wouldn't be complete if one does not visit Rila Monastery. It will be best to take a taxi ride or join an organized tour (from Sofia city centre) in the morning. Enjoy the scenic, winding road all the way up. Once...More

Thank Skyhigh37
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jjdroney
3 June 2017|
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
hi I think that the best thing for you to do is give them a call here are the phone numbers reception-desk - +359 0896872010; office - +359 07054 2208; secretary's office(fax) - +359 7054 3383; or email them and they will... More
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TimFP
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
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