The best Bulgaria has to offer; the Rila monastery from the 10th century with beautiful eastern orthodox murals
It’s 1840 and the monks at Rila Monastery have a problem: how to communicate Biblical stories to the faithful who are unable to read.
Christians faced this literacy problem from the beginning of the faith, and the solution was art. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, and stained glass windows – all did the job. But at Rila the art form of choice are vibrant, detailed #frescoes
You can sleep in the Rila Monastery! Two options, the luxury ‘normal’ one, or the basic one with a simple matrass and heating. Guests are allowed to walk inside the galleries. Visitors are not allowed to enter the premises
The monastery has a specially designated area for hosting travellers. For 13 euro you can book a basic room. Simply call +35970542208 and arrive before 9pm. After that, the doors are closed! The location on Maps