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This monastery is also recognized as Saint Ivan of Rila and is one of Bulgaria’s largest and most renowned Eastern Orthodox monasteries. It got its name from Hermit Ivan of Rila who was the founder of this religious house. It is located south west of the Rila Mountains about 117 km southwest from Sofia which is its capital. It’s deep down in Rilska River’s valley, elevated 1,147 km from above the sea level.
Rila Monastery was found in the 10th century and holds great cultural, historical and architectural significance. Tourists from Southeast of Europe and Bulgaria are largely attracted to this monument. The monastery is even printed on the backside of the 1 lev note which was issued in 1999.
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