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Rila Monastery

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"Located a two-hour drive away, Rila Monastery is one of the most famous tourist spots in Bulgaria and one of the country's UNESCO sites. If I had to choose just one place to visit, other than Sofia, this place would most likely be the one I would recommend. Its foundation dates back to the 10th century and during its history the monastery managed to survive the Turkish domination by overcoming numerous lootings and attacks. During your visit do not limit yourself to admiring its beautiful church and courtyard, like everyone else does. Inside the monastery there is a museum made up of 4 separate exhibitions: a historical museum, an ethnographic museum, an icon exhibition and a traditional Bulgarian room. Here you can decide whether to take four separate tickets or a single ticket which includes all four sections.( tickets for the museums can only be purchased on site). 📍Distance: 135km 👣How to get there: the most recommended option for tourists is to take part in an organized tour that includes the Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church. But if you like to travel independently to reach the Rila monastery you can take the direct bus "Traventuria Rila Monastery Bus" ( which includes two stops (the Boyana Church and the Rila Monastery) from St Alexander Nevski Square to the monastery. 🎟️Ticket cost: monastery and church free, combined ticket for the museum 20 BNG (about €10).For tour prices see the link👇🏼"
"Marvel at the stunning architecture, vibrant frescoes, and serene courtyards of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spiritual and cultural landmark of Bulgaria. We had to chance to sleep there for a night and it was quite the experience."

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