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  1. Bulgaria
  2. Blagoevgrad Province
  3. Bansko
  4. Rila Monastery

Bansko: Rila Monastery Day Tour

Product ID: 228787
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A day-trip from Bansko to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO listed site and one of the most sought-after material monuments of ancient Bulgarian history. You will have the opportunity to get to know the whole monastery, including 16 objects of interest.
About this ticket
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See unique frescoes from the 11th century
  • Visit centuries-old relics, now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Learn more about the history of Bulgaria
  • Triumph in the Bulgarian Revival from the beginning of the 19th century
Full description
Take a day to visit the center of culture in the heart of Bulgaria, visiting the Rila Monastery. The monastery dates back to the 10th century but has been plundered and burned down several times, with the present building having been built in the mid-19th century.

Located amidst gorgeous mountain scenery, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival Period. The artistic richness of the frescoes, carvings, and ancient material monuments found on these sites is enormous.

Safely protected within the museum grounds, you will also discover the relics of the founder of the monastery and patron saint of the Bulgarian people, St. Ivan Rilski. You will also find here the icon of the most holy Mother of God Osenovitsa, and the relics of 32 early Christian saints.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Audio guide for the Rila Monastery and Rila Museum
  • Audio records for Hrelio Tower, the Ethnographic Museum, guestrooms, and the monastery farm Map of the Rila Monastery
  • Professional driver
  • Parking fees
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee for the Rila Monastery Museum (4-8€ per person for 1-5 museums)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/admission to the Rila Monastery
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Product ID: 228787