Rilski Manastir Travel Guide
The Nativity of the Virgin
The Nativity of the Virgin
Walk around the Monastery
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 :-)Wiki: Rila Monastery
The Wall of the Wishes
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....
"Rila MonasteryRaising 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...
Water for the weary traveller
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...
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...
Rila Monastery - architectonical jewel
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.
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.
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...
Taking the tour of the monastery makes you hungry ,so After you exit the Samokov gate ,there is a tavern situated on your left ,just over the river. It offers local bulgarian meals , fresh trout that is grown in the region , grill , beer.....
Loop shuttle to Rila Monastery
A new shuttle bus will start operating from mid April that will include transfer to Rila Monastery, free time there, transfer to Boyana Church (another UNESCO site) and then back to the center of Sofia.
Publick transport Sofia to Rila Monastery
From Sofia go by tram 5 to Ovcha Kupel bus station (don´t forget to by the ticket befor, only some drivers sell tickets). There is a bus to the Monastery at 10.20 (Lv 10.- in september 08) taking about 2.15 to 2.30 hour. A bus back leaves at 3 in the afternoon.
buses from Rilski Manastir
You can find the timetable for buses from Rilski Manastir at the door of the reception for the accommodation, just to the right of the museum. On my back way for Sofia, I took the buses from Rilski Manastir to Dupnica and from Dupnica to Sofia. Just only one time transfer!
How to get there
Tourist agencies in Sofia organise tours to the Monastery ,so if you want everything planned and are not adventurous by nature - this is the best decision. On the other hand , if you are in short of buget or feel like you can manage on your own / and the biggest trouble...
Souvenirs and booklets
At the middle of the courtyard you find a kiosk where you can buy all kinds of site-related touristic memorabilia /souvenirs for religious people; such as little iron plates of icons, crosses etc. Also there is at the Samokov gate a stall selling booklets in English about...
Icon and Souvenir Shop
Located at the base of the Hreljo Tower ,the icon and souvenirs shop offers a great variety of authentic bulgarian art and crafts. Aside of the beautiful Orthodox Icons , you can buy here traditional bulgarian costumes, dishes with the print of the monastery and all kinds of...
The old monastery nun
Isn't she nice , the old monastery nun , all dressed in black, sitting at the entrance of the church ,with all the frescoes around her. It is the same one that I saw little earlier washing the carpets. She looks soo...peaceful? serene?
"Tepavitsa" - Natural Washing Machine
"Tepavitsa" - An Ingenious mechanism bringing the waters from the river into a pond to wash the monastery carpets. They become all clean ,just from the washing power of the running water. Sometimes soap is rubbed on them to acheive a greater effect.Located at Drushlyavitza...
Help help !! Japanese tourists invasion !!!!
Well as I arrived here with Christian and Stephan, the monastery was practiclly empty , compared to what I'm used to. I can exclude one or two monks and an old nun ,besides about another 15 visitors spread through the complex, ah a loudly shouting german grandpa and its...
Real home of the monk
At the back of the monsatery, is possible shopping local product and eat or drink something. In addition, if you follow the road you´ll find the real home of the monk who went there. Rilski Manastir was build again after it was burned by the otomans. The tower was the only...
Great mountains for climbing or trekking
Despite the main interesting thing here is Rilski Manastir, in his surroundings are very beautiful mountains where you can do very pleasant trekkings.Mountains are high; I remenber we were in august and the water at monastery´s font was extremely cold,
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