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Tickets for Rila Monastery

The biggest and most photogenic holy place in Bulgaria

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Duration: 1h
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish
Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Admission to the monastery
English guided tour (if selected)
Audio guide (available in English, Bulgarian, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Serbian, Romanian and Dutch)
  • Take your time to explore valuable icons dating from the 14th to the 19th century, alongside incredibly detailed craftwork
  • Walk around the museum located in the monastery, home to a collection of 35,000 items including wood carvings and cultural and ethnographical treasures
  • See 'The Nativity of the Virgin' which is covered with colorful paintings and frescos detailing Biblical stories

Welcome to the most stunning monastery in Bulgaria. Founded in the first half of the 10th century, the magnificent Rila Monastery is a symbol of the Bulgarian spirit, not to mention an eye-boggling piece of art at the same time. This ticket will get you in, plus a great guided tour to highlight all the essential elements.

When you're praying in front of the relics of Saint John inside the grandiose Rila Monastery, remember not to place your hands on them. The Holy Icons and the relics are honored with kisses only!

Also known as 'the Treasury of Bulgaria', this religious landmark began with a hermit living in a cave, who was later canonized by the Orthodox Church and became St. Ivan of Rila.

In sun or snow, the monastery's mountainous surroundings make it one of the most jaw-dropping places of worship in the world. Warning: you won't be able to resist taking a thousand photos. There's stunning architecture, carved verandas, eye-catching arches and colonnades, and 300-400 monastic cells to explore.

The Baptism of Jesus Christ, the Day of Judgement, and Adam and Eve are all covered in a series of colorful frescoes and paintings on and around the main church. Don't forget to look up – some of the best stuff is on the ceiling!

Don't miss the most precious item inside, the gold-plated iconostasis (a wall of icons and religious paintings). Its intricate wood-carvings took five whole years to be created by four diligent craftsmen.

  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide at the entrance
  • The museum will contact you after your booking to send you your audio e-guide
Saturday 00:00 - 23:59
Sunday 00:00 - 23:59
Monday 00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday 00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday 00:00 - 23:59
Thursday 00:00 - 23:59
Friday 00:00 - 23:59
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery, 2643, Rila
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