Rila Mountains attractions

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…
Church in Rila Mountains

St Luke’s Hermitage & St Ivan’s Cave

About 3.7km northeast of Rila Monastery, on the road to Kiril Meadow, a trail leads to St Luke’s Hermitage. Built in 1798, the hermitage features a courtyard and the Church of Sveti Luka. Take the uphill walking tra…
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…
Area in Rila Mountains

Kiril Meadow

A piece of tranquil nature compared to the tourist bustle at Rila Monastery, 7km southwest, this verdant, pine-backed area has picnic spots and a simple guesthouse-cafe. Kiril Meadow is also the starting point of we…
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.
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.