Rila Monastery is a magical place. It is not only a holy place, but a monument of great artwork and history, and in my opinion its magnificence is unsurpassed by many cathedrals.
Greet your guide in central Sofia and see Bulgaria’s countryside, forests, and villages on a drive into the Rila Mountains. Here the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery—one of Bulgaria’s most famous Eastern Orthodox monasteries—sits on pine-coated slopes.
Learn all about the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origins date to 927 AD, and enter (at your own expense) for a guided tour. Marvel at the fresco-covered colonnades, wooden icons, and tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III.
Opt to explore the monastery’s artifact-filled museum (own expense), and then enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the medieval Boyana Church, another UNESCO-listed site. Head inside (own expense) and view the well-preserved 10th-century frescoes that adorn the interior. Admire the depictions of angels, apostles, and sinners, and hear the full background on their painting, styles, and significance.Finally, end your tour with a convenient drop-off in central Sofia.
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It was a great tour, the guide told us some history of Bulgaria and Sofia besides the Boyana and Rila places. If you would like to know the museum at Rila Monastery, I would recommend to take something to eat with you, as the available...More
Do take a day trip with a group (mass transit is difficult) these two venues are unusual and most worthwhile. The frescoes and icons are some of the best anywhere. (hate to spoil this but the toilets at Rila leave a lot to be desired)...More