Rila Monastery or the Rilski Monastir is founded back in the 10th century by the Bulgarian Sveti Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila). It is situated in a deep gorge in the heart of the majestic Rila Mountain.
The distance from Sofia is 120 km. For centuries the Rila Monastery played an extraordinary role in the Bulgarian history and spiritual growth.
The Rila Monastery is the largest monument of architecture and arts in Bulgaria.