Rila Monastery tour
The Rila Monastery is the most famous Bulgarian monastery, situated deep in the heart of the Rila Mountain, having a life span of a millennium. Founded in the 10th century by the monk Ivan Rilski, it has survived periods of both rapid development and decline through the years. There are over 300 premises on a built-up area of 32,000 square meters. The biggest gilded iconostasis in Bulgaria, various frescos, icons and woodcarvings can be seen in the main church such as the Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the Monastery kitchen, Hrelyu’s Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. For its authentic paintings and construction, the monastery was included in the UNESCO list. The tour includes a visit to the Rila monastery – the largest monastery complex on the Balkan peninsula and stop near the monastery for some refreshments.
- Transport – air conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide services in English
Note: The excursion is a half-day tour by bus and ends around 19:00h.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group