Rila Monastery Tour

With our Rila Monastery Tour you will enjoy a day excursion to the largest monastery in Bulgaria.  In 1961 Rila Monastery was declared Rila Monastery National Museum. In 1976 it was declared a National Historical Reserve and in 1983 it was included in the List of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

The most famous monument of Bulgarian architecture and culture from the National Revival period is located 129km south from Sofia. Founded during the 10th century, it survived in all times. Repeatedly destroyed and burned during its millennial history, the Rila Monastery rose larger and more beautiful from the ashes every time. Its present day monumental appearance dates from the mid- 19th century. Visitors are fascinated by the pure and harmonious line of the buildings, the exquisite colonnades, arches and vaults. The monastery’s most treasured historic and artistic monuments include: the 14th c. Hrelyo’s Tower; the five-domed Birth of Blessed Virgin Church; the original 19th c. monastery’s kitchen and the rich museum collection of valuable old manuscripts and documents, charters and icons, an ethnographic exhibition of fabrics, jewelry, carpets and wrought iron objects, and a library containing more than 16 000 books.

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