One day trip to Rila Monastery

One day trip to Rila Monastery 87 , 1 Days
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Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most significant among all Bulgarian monasteries, founded in 10th c. by the Bulgarian saint Ivan Rilski (John of Rila) and built by his students in order to be close to their master and preserve their knowledge afterward. It is situated right in the center of the Balkan Peninsula among the rocky peaks and ancient pine forests of Rila mountain. It is for a reason a unique symbol of Bulgaria you definitely have to see on your journey in the country. One of its buildings - the Hrelyo’s tower is the oldest monastery surviving building in the country and the legends say that this is only because of the priest's prayers that lasted there and their spiritual energy. This holy place can’t be described only with words, but has to be felt with all your inner senses.


This is the atmosphere created by old monastery architecture, combined with the fresh mountain air and sparkling streams of the rivers Rilska and Drushlyavitsaa. Not far away from the Monastery(can be taken by car), about 3-4 km easy walking distance, passing by perfect meadows for picnics, there is first the prayer rock where the saint was praying and after a short climb for 15-20 minutes, the cave itself, where the saint himself lived. It is open to tourists and it is said that only people with pure souls can pass through it while viewing the humble abode of a saint.


Price Includes:
transport and English speaking guide

Not Included:
meals and drinks
personal expenses
insurance
entrance fees


One day trip to Rila Monastery (Rated 4.8 / 5 Based on 4 Reviews.)
Price
87 EUR
Duration
1 Day
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