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    Walk around the Monastery

    by lillyia Written May 4, 2008
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    This is what I usually do there. Walk around, light a candle at the Church and sit somewhere calm to enjoy the atmosphere. Many photos, of course :-)

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    The Wall of the Wishes

    by lillyia Updated May 4, 2008

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    The wall of the wishes is near by the St Ivan of Rila 'cave'. If you want to visit the site, leave the Monastery through the Samokov door and continue along the river. This few kilometers walk could be pleasant if there weren't the numerous cars passing up and down the hill. The beginning of the trail is well marked - at least 2-3 cars parked, a sign on the right and another one on the left. Someone selling nuts... It takes half-an-hour on this sometimes steep trail (or even less) to reach the chapel and the cave.

    The local belief says a wish will be fulfilled if you write it on a piece of paper, pass three times through the cave, wash your face and hands , then hide the paper and your wish somewhere between the stones. Does this ‘work’? - try and let me know :-)

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    Rila Monastery

    by desert_princess Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    "Rila Monastery
    Raising as a giant in the enchanted Rila forest.
    A mighty fire in the dark ,a granite pilon of freedom.
    Spreading knowledge and faith from centuries with all its means. For this the people praise him and relentlessly fly to him . To send there their prayers to God, so he releases them from evil. To let peace on earth, And good in people's souls"

    The words of Dr Gueorgi Lasarov written in 1956 greet you at the entrance .As They are in bulgarian only - I translated them for you somehow.

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    Water for the weary traveller

    by desert_princess Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    You , weary traveller, that came such a long way to experience the Pure beauty of this place, take a sip of those mountain waters before you enter the holy place of us, Bulgarians....

    There is an old tradition in Bulgaria to build water sources so that the ones drinking out of it, will bless you for your generosity. In this way your sins are forgiven.

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    Frescoes

    by wroclawiak Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    the outside frescoes of the main church
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    The frescoes in the monastery are very good preserved. You can see and admire different religious scenes.
    The frescoes were painted by the best Bulgarian artists - the two brothers Zahari and Dimitar Zograf. Four iconographers had painted the central iconostasis in the main church for 5 years. In conjunction with the antique icons it is a national heritage.

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    Rila Monastery - architectonical jewel

    by wroclawiak Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    The Rilski Monastery is not only the biggest religious center but is one of the biggest architectual monuments in Bulgaria.
    If you enter it you will see the beauty you will keep in your mind a very long time.

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    The museum.

    by wroclawiak Written Apr 29, 2006

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    The famous wood- carved crucifix.
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    The monastery museum keeps antiquities, icons and gospels. The famous wood- carved crucifix, made by a monk named Raphael, has been also preserved. He had carved the crucifix for 12 years and then went blind.

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    Walking around

    by zizu Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    After you reach Rilski Manastir (the trip from Rila village is hard due to slopes are big, and the buses are old, so the speed is very low), the first you´ll do is enter inside, and you wont stop walking around cos you´ll be very amazing. Go to the tower, the corridors, see the church and his frescos, and finally go to the museum.

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    The Square Balcony

    by desert_princess Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    ok and here it is - the square balcony . I probably just don't like angles or square shapes - that must be the reason. Otherwise I can't deny it has beautiful ceilings and frescoes.

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    Ethnographic rooms

    by desert_princess Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    Teteven room from year 1845
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    The different towns that made donations to rebuilt the monastery after the big fire in 1833, furnished their own ethnographic museum rooms , that were given their names. These towns are - Chirpan,Teteven, Koprivshtitza, Pazardjik, Zlatitsa , Kjustendil ,Sofia , Samokov, Panagyurishte, Pirot ,Gabrovo and Karlovo.
    Completing the collection in the Ethnographic Museum located at the 3rd floor,the Teteven room one of the many memorial rooms mentioned above,from year 1845 is a lovely example of Bulgarian renaissance interior ,with bright tapistry, hand carved wooden ceillings , and intrique frescoes on the walls. The seats along the walls are called "cherdatzi".
    There are also a Koprivshtitza and other rooms

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    The "Rojdestvo Bogorodichno" Church

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 2, 2005

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    The raw building of the present the three ship monastery church took 3 years 5 months and 25 days ( from 1 may 1834 to 26 oct 1837 ) the finishing work , and frescoes decoration took another 23 years ,all the way to 1860.
    In the Cupola were build pottery pots with barely seen orifices,that are turning the monastery church into a real music instrument.

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    The Hreljo tower

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    The Rila Monastery today is one of the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula.
    From the dawn of the first monastery buildings ( in the first three centuries of its creation ) ,nothing remained but the legends of the white cells of the monks that existed southwest of the present grave of St. Ivan. After the place for the increasing monks community became too small, they moved to a terrace between the rivers of Drushliavitsa and Rila.
    In 1335 started the second period in the construction of the monastery with the building of the Hreljo monastery tower in ,the only remaining building from that period till the present days. the Hreljo tower was built with the donations of the Vojvoda Hreljo( bulg.cheiftan),that also renewed the old buildings and build a small but massive Hreljo church in 1343.
    The tower has 5 floors and is 35m high, in the upper floor there is a chapel "St Preobrajenie" The underground of the tower was used as prison.
    Next to the clock on the left ,there is the year 1533 ,made out of bricks ,that designates the year when the tower was built.

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    The outdoor cupolas

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    Outdoor Cupolas
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    Saints ,angels and archangels are decorating the cupolas ,perfectly painted till the smallest detail. Every Cupola has a different saint , surrounded by an army of interlaced angels to guard him.
    There are 7 more chapels located within the monastery walls , and 6 small churches outside.

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    Building of the Monastery Ring

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    In 1816 started the last and most massive construction period of the monastery that continued 54 years ,all the way till 1870. All rennaisance crafts were used to bring the monastery its present appearance. Inspiration was seeked all the way to the famous monastery of Aton , but the construction was done by a local artisan from the village of Rila called Aleksii. In 1816 he has built the north wing of the monastery ,in 1817 part of the east ,and 1819 the western wing.
    On the 13 january 1833 a huge fire destroyed the new buildings, but all bulgarian towns sent help, workers and artisans to rebuilt what was destructed. For less than a year ,all damages from the fire were repaired. The old Hreljo church was destroyed aswell as it became too small for the ever incresing number of piligrims. The money was unsufficient to build all 4 wings with 4 floors ,so the Old Eastern wing ,located behind the church was compromisingly constructed only with 2. In 1847 the craftsman Milenko from the village of Radomir, built the massive south wing ,with which he closed the ring of buildings around the church.
    In the Monastery there are 139 rooms ,equipped with 126 kitchens. 77 from those rooms are used by the priests ,clercs and so on, 62 rooms are for guests ( from which 39 small - for 105 persons ,and 23 big common rooms - accomodating 800 people. There are aswell another 45 rooms for monastery economy, kitchens , eating rooms , warehouses etc
    The monastery wings are forming an irregulary square composed of : western wing - 67meters , north wing 105 m, the angle of the north wing - 24m , the massive east part - 49m ,the old east building - 53m and the south wing - 79m. The total length of the ring is 377meters.

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    The monastery under Ottoman Rule

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 28, 2005

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    In the next 60 years ,the monastery reached a big spiritiual and material improvement. But the hard days came with the falling of Turnovo under Ottoman ( Turkish ) rule in 1393.
    In the first half of the XV century the monastery became deserted , after being burned and robbed by turkish bandits. Only around 1460 the three sons of the Episcope of Krupnitsa - Joasaf , David and Teofan from the village Granitza / Kjustendil started reviving the monastery from the ashes. Nine years later ,they brought back from Turnovo to the monastery the miraculous relicts of Ivan Rilski . With the arrival of the relicts ,began the revival of the monastery and in 1749 were initiated the first reconstruction works of the buildings , that lasted about 40 years all the way till 1784. The monastery received severe damage during the bandit attacks in 1766 and 1779.
    Enormous was the role of the monastery during the Ottoman ocupation of our lands in preserving the Othodox faith and identity of Bulgarians.During the whole occupation period ,while the priests and clercs all through the country were Greek and couldn't speak bulgarian. They were preaching in their incomprehensible to our nation Greek language, In the Rila Monastery the people could hear the mass in Slavic. People were coming here to find peace for their burdens , and regain new forces for life. Youngsters were remaining to study and spread the Slavic Orthodox Religion. Here they copied the slavic church books, to be read in Bulgarian language among the enslaved people,here were hosted the "cell schools" , where the bulgarian language,culture and religion were taught. And from there on the educated Slavic clercs were sent through the country to spread and preach in Bulgarian the Orthodox religion.
    Here Paisii Hilendarski ,the initiator of the bulgarian revival movement., began here his famous book " History of the SlavBulgarians", And Neofit Rilski has founded one of the most popular bulgarian educational school.

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