Thursday, 29 October 2015
Visit to lovely Rila Monastery regaled by glorious autumn colours
Yesterday we took a day tour to Rila Monastery. We used Traventuria and we were so lucky with the weather with sunshine lighting up the glorious autumn colours. Chris was our excellent guide.
The monastery itself is remarkable, although it is a pity that you apparently can't see some of monks' cells, especially as there are now only nine living in the monsatery which can accommodate many more.
It is a little over a two hour drive from Sofia once you have got through the city's traffic. The monastery is at 1,147 m (3,763 ft) in the Rila Mountains, so although it was warm in the sun it was chilly in the shade.
Painting of Saint Simon Woolf slaying
the International Grape Varieties
The rear entrance to the monastery
from the restaurant and food outlet area