Summer in Bulgaria: Rila Monastery

Located about 90 minutes away from our hotel was the Rila Monastery and during our trip our hotel organised us a taxi to go and take a look around, something I’d been excited to do long before our visit. I’m a sucker for a painted fresco!

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The Monastery is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and is very visually stunning as a result. First established in 927 it is considered one of the most important cultural monuments in Bulgaria, becoming a UNESCO world heritage site.

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The monastery is surrounded by 24 metre tall walls so when you walk through the gates the monastery surprises you, it’s so striking. The building was very interesting, with 5 domes and I especially liked the striped painting of the porticos in the courtyard.

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The frescos were full of colourful religious art, which was really interesting to look at. The monastery still houses around 60 monks, which can be seen walking around the grounds.

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Outside the monastery there were a couple of restaurants available to eat at, as well as shops selling the most amazing looking honey and jam! Bulgaria are really into their rose jam and it looked delicious!

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