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As you know, I "collect" not only countries but also UNESCO sites. In my last trip, I saw two more: Ohrid in Macedonia and Rila Monastery in Bulgaria.
(So now 356 WHS visited).

I find it very very strange that there are only a few pictures by Piotr from Rila Monastery. I knew about it for many years and finally, I managed to see it.

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1,147 m above sea level, inside of Rila Monastery Nature Park. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876 - 946 AD), and houses around 60 monks.

Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. The monastery is depicted on the reverse of the 1 lev banknote, issued in 1999.

It is a fantastic place. The main church is situated inside the beautiful striped courtyard and all the walls are covered with the paintings. It is forbidden to take pictures inside.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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