• Duration: 6 hours
  • Easy
  • eTicket

  • Meet on location
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Rila Monastery is situated at a height of 1150 m a.s.l. 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 Mountains, just 120 km south of 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.

What's included

Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Parking Fees

What's excluded

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller friendly
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable



Guided Language

  • English


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