Rila Monastery Private Tour

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Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Fresco on the facade of The church of the Nativity of the Virgin, the main church in Rila monastery
Fresco on the facade of The church of the Nativity of the Virgin, the main church in Rila monastery
Visit the Rila Monastery, the brightest symbol of the Bulgarian monasticism and Orthodox Church
Visit the Rila Monastery, the brightest symbol of the Bulgarian monasticism and Orthodox Church
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
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What To Expect

Visit the Rila Monastery, the brightest symbol of the Bulgarian monasticism and Orthodox Church. See the 14th century Hrelyo Tower, the beautiful murals of the Blessed Virgin Church and the Museum with unique exhibits

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Rila from Sofia
Departs From:
Sofia
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick up
Duration:
6 hours
Availability:
daily at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
7575
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Description

Rila Monastery is situated at a height of 1150 meters above sea level in the Rila Mountains. Behind the 20-meter high walls lie impressive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. The most impressive monument from the Bulgarian National Revival period rises amidst the rugged beauty of the Rila Mountain, just 120 kilometers southwards from Sofia. Having survived the times with the self-confidence of the most zealous guard of the Bulgarian spirit and language, it still fascinates present-day visitors with the pure and harmonious line of the buildings' exquisite colonnades, arches and vaults, spacious rooms richly decorated with murals and fretwork. The monastery's most treasured historic and artistic monuments include the 14th century Hrelyo Tower, the five-domed Birth of the Blessed Virgin Church and the original monastery kitchen from the 19th century. The monastery also houses a 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. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. Nowadays Rila Monastery is the biggest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Includes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Transportation by private airconditioned vehicle

  • Services of an English speaking guide

  • Entrance fee

  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 2 years old are not recommended on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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