Church in Rila Monastery

Church of Rozhdestvo Bogorodichno

The highlight of Rila Monastery is this magnificent church, built from 1834 to 1837, with distinctive black-and-white archways and three yellow-painted domes. Its exterior frescoes are richly coloured scenes of Bibl…
Museum in Rila Monastery

Exposition Monastery Farm

Farming implements and traditional Bulgarian costumes are exhibited in this small stone-walled museum by the Samokov gate.
Museum in Rila Monastery

Ecclesiastical & Historical Museum

Rila Monastery's museum has a diverting collection of items and documents from across the centuries, including 14th-century wood carvings, Revival-era icons, and parchments revealing the financial history of this la…
Museum in Rila Monastery

Icon Gallery

This single-room gallery features burnished 18th- and 19th-century icons of saints, with portraits of black-clad monks glowering above them.