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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.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Faut absolument le voir!! The frescoes are amazing and the views... I HIGHLY recommend! It's quite far so if you don't have a rental car, I recommend booking with a company like Traventuria.

Thank dallen21390
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited Rila monastery for the first time in 1996. It was breathtaking . An ancient aura lay on the place and it looked awesome, sacred. Last month, when we visited it again we found it different in a way - Unesco money has been...More

Thank marni390
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a trek to get to this place on public transport. It cost 11 leva each way from the West bus station. Pay the ticket on the bus. The driver was able to speak English on the day of the visit. Rila Monastery.....perched in...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best tourists attraction in Bulgaria. Drive through forest and canyon to the magnificent UNESCO protected monastery.

Thank nevenjerkovic
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Rila Monastery for one night during a 12-day Rick Steves tour of Bulgaria. I believe we may have been the only group there. The rooms are very spartan as may be appropriate. Our room had three single-mattress beds with 2, much...More

Thank Joe-SVL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As you enter your taken back with the amazing buildings and the painting of theses. The church inside is dark and dingy, due to the candles making the artwork dark and blackened. Public bathrooms are absolutely disgusting and you can smell them from 10m away...More

1  Thank NeilC2607
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place! The drive there takes you through beautiful forests. The monastery itself has a few buildings you can walk around and enter (some will require buying a ticket). The nature around is incredible and we took a short walk and found...More

Thank Kate D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This monastery was the highlight of my trip to Bulgaria, and I'd come with high expectations from the start. It is a beautiful place, set high in the mountains with a lovely mountain backdrop. The monastery itself is large and the outer walls are fortified,...More

1  Thank FearfulFlyer2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went by car which is about 2 hours from Sofia. You can reach by highway quite close to Rila village, so it is good driving. I spend about 2 hours in the monastery enjoying its quiet space and beautiful paintings.

Thank 旅上手
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful. I love the organic architecture, the stunning mountain view, the frescos, The trouts In The nearby restaurants and The Sound of The river In The background. A must see.

Thank Improindy
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Hi, We are travelling from Tessaloniki and would like to stay the night at Rila monastery. We only have 24h in Tessaloniki so want to stay as long as possible before we head off but do you know what is the latest reasonable time we could arrive the monastery and still get accomodation? Thanks!
3 June 2017|
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
also please remember that the rooms are basic but will be ok for a overnight stay...........
Hi from Blagoevgrad town (we are staying there), we are thinking of getting a taxi to the monastery, get the taxi to stay there for 1.5-2 h and then head back to Blagoevgrad town. We can't speak Bulgarian- how much is reasonable to pay for such a taxi trip?
21 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
How do you travel from sofia to rola monastery
14 March 2017|
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Response from GilGreg | Reviewed this property |
I took a bus from the West Station, which I got to via street car. I checked things out a day early to make sure I knew how to get there. Bus takes 2:30 minutes and leaves between 9 and 11 a.m. (I can remember). The... More