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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.

The entrance 

Painting of Saint Simon Woolf slaying 
the International Grape Varieties

The rear entrance to the monastery 
from the restaurant and food outlet area

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