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Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia
"Rila Monastery is the largest the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery founded in 10th c. by the most honored Bulgarian saint Ivan Rilski (John of Rila). The oldest building is Hrelyo’s tower from 14th c. The monastery is situated among the rocky peaks and ancient pine forests of Rila Mountains.The distance between so you can perfectly combine a visit to both the monastery and the church.""""Two UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day only. Rila Monastery is the largest the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery
From EUR41.00
 
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
"Meet your guide near Alexander Nevsky Square in central Sofia and settle into your air-conditioned minivan. Then relax on your roughly 2-hour journey to UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery tucked in the pine-forested Rila Mountains in southwest Bulgaria.Enjoy the views over rural Bulgaria as you travel and hear enlightening facts about the monastery. Founded in 927 AD by hermit monk Ivan Rilski or ‘John of Rila’ Bulgaria’s patron saint; this photogenic walled complex came to symbolize the Bulgarian national identity and is considered a masterpiece of Slav architecture for its arcaded balconies and splendid frescoes.On arrival enjoy a guided tour of the main courtyard and five-domed church admiring its vivid fresco-coated colonnades as you enter. Then
From EUR35.00
 
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch
"Rila Monastery is the biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country and the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976 the monastery is an unique monument of the church architecture. Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila mountain it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and acts as the keeper of the national identity trough the middle ages. The monastery museum contains some amazing examples of the best Bulgarian icon painting and woodcarving. Not far away is t the founder of the monastery originally lived. St. Ivan was a miracle-worker and is considered the most honored Bulgarian holy man with his cave considered a sacred place. Another UNESCO site part of the tour is Boyana Church
From EUR30.00

More Things to Do in Rilski Manastir

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
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lillyia
May 04, 2008

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...
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lillyia
May 04, 2008

Rila Monastery

"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...
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desert_princess
Jun 18, 2006

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...
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desert_princess
Jun 18, 2006

Frescoes

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...
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wroclawiak
Apr 29, 2006

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...
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wroclawiak
Apr 29, 2006
 
 
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The museum.

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...
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wroclawiak
Apr 29, 2006

Walking around

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...
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zizu
Mar 28, 2006

The Square Balcony

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.GO TO NEXT PAGE...
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desert_princess
Dec 02, 2005

Ethnographic rooms

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 -...
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desert_princess
Dec 02, 2005

The "Rojdestvo Bogorodichno" Church

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...
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desert_princess
Nov 02, 2005

The Hreljo tower

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...
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desert_princess
Oct 28, 2005

The outdoor cupolas

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...
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desert_princess
Oct 28, 2005

Building of the Monastery Ring

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...
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Oct 28, 2005

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Top 5 Rilski Manastir Writers

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"RILA MONASTERY - The Spirit of Bulgarians"
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"The Keeper of Bulgarian Faith and Idenitity"
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"Rila Monastery"
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"Rila Monastery"
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"Rilski Manastir"
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