Bulgaria: Rila Monastery Historic Walking Tour and Frescoes

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Enter the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rila Monastery in Bulgaria for a guided tour. Learn about the story of the saint who founded this spiritual site and stroll through the charming churchyard.

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  • Learn about the rich hisotry of the Rila Monastery
  • Learn about the life of Saint Yoan
  • See the amazing frescoes and learn their stories


The meeting point for the tour is in the monastery`s yard, next to the big stone tower – please be there at 12:20. The guide will have your contact details and he/she will be able to identify you. Then, the guide himself/herself will tell you in details about the history of the monastery and the story of Saint Yoan of Rila – the patron and the founder of this spiritual place – you will learn when it was established, why it is situated there and also about its significant importance for all Bulgarian people. Then, you will continue with a walk in the yard around the church and inside of the church itself, where you will learn more about the most important frescoes as well as about the main traditions in the Orthodox Christianity. You will see where the relics of Saint Yoan are kept and the memorial place of the last Bulgarian king – Boris III. The tour duration is between 30 and 40 minutes.


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