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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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      • Rila National Park
        20.80 Km from Rila Monastery
        Rila National Park (Bulgarian: Национален парк „Рила“) is the largest national park in Bulgaria spanning an area of 810.46 km² in the Rila mountain range in the south-west of the country. It was established on 24 February 1992 to protect several ecosystems of national importance. Its altitude varies from 800 m. near Blagoevgrad to 2925 m. at Musala Peak, the highest summit in the Balkan Peninsula. There are 120 glacial lakes, including the prominent Seven Rila Lakes. Many rivers have their sourc...
      • Belasitsa Nature Park
        38.12 Km from Rila Monastery
        Belasitsa Nature Park (Bulgarian: Беласица Природен Парк) covers the northern slopes of Belasitsa Mountain in the Southwest Region of Bulgaria. The total area of the park is 117 km² (45 sq mi). Belasitsa is part of the European ecological network NATURA 2000 and is managed by the Belasitsa Nature Park Directorate which is a legal entity under the authority of the Executive Forest Agency of Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The Directorate office is located in the village of Kolarovo. The nature ...

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan -6.5 91.1 20.3 35.9
      Feb -5.2 72.6 22.6 28.6
      Mar -2.9 79.9 26.8 31.5
      Apr 1.9 82.8 35.4 32.6
      May 6.2 87.3 43.2 34.4
      Jun 9.5 85.6 49.1 33.7
      Jul 11.9 64.2 53.4 25.3
      Aug 11.5 46.7 52.7 18.4
      Sep 9 48.6 48.2 19.1
      Oct 4.6 79.6 40.3 31.3
      Nov -0.4 90 31.3 35.4
      Dec -3.8 77 25.2 30.3

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        • A beautiful monastery set in a stunning landscape. Absolutely worth a visit. You can certainly understand why somebody would feel spiritual or close to God in this location even if you are not religious. It is a really wonderful area. Due to the location being quite a way a way from any of the major local towns I would recommend taking a tour rather than attempting public transport. There are a number of places to get food and drink just outside the monastery, and the views outside of the mountains are amazing.
        • A big monastery surrounded by mountains. We went there on a rainy/cloudy day. Has very nice architecture and paintings. There is a cemetery at back. Parking is paid unless you park before on the side of the highway. Has toilets. Has also some snacks to buy and eat outside there. It's a touristic place with tourist buses.
        • Nice monastery. Good for around two hours of leisurely walking. There's a little graveyard, a pretty chapel, a bakery and a decent restaurant nearby. From Sofia you can arrange transport.
        • Beautiful place, there is a museum and an church that can be visited. Can't go see upstairs though which is a shame because the view looked fantastic. There are some shops too if you want to get a little souvenir but they all sell a lot of same stuff.
        • A must do visit if you're staying in Sofia. It makes a great 8 hour trip combined with Boyana church. The monastery is early 19 century and has some great frescos depicting biblical stories in graphic form. Almost like a comic strip. Wonderful depictions of good & evil. Monastery is set within beautiful mountain scenery and worth following the path down to the river to see the graveyard and cascading waterfalls. A great day out.


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