Day trip from Sofia, Bulgaria to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

With over a million visitors annually, once you visit the magnificent Rila Monastery you’ll see why people flock to it!  Located two hours drive from Sofia, it’s a “must do” for any trip to Bulgaria.  The original structures date back to the 10th Century, but due to fire and war, certain sections have been rebuilt in the 15th and 19th centuries.


The Monastery has been a spiritual and cultural center for Bulgaria throughout the years.




The colors are bold and the frescoes are quite lovely…


Nestled in the valley of the Rilska River, the location is serene and absolutely breathtaking!




I organized this day trip through one of the many companies that offer trips to the area.  We also made a stop at the beautiful Boyana Church.


Rila Monastery became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.  Don’t miss it if you visit Bulgaria!

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