Monasteries in Rila
The largest monastery in Bulgaria, Rila Monastery “St. Ivan Rilski” is situated in the heart of Rila Mountain. Several smaller monasteries are also situated mainly in the northern foothills of Pirin in the region of Samokov and Dupnitsa.
Rila Monastery is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was built in the middle of 10th century by the hermit Ivan of Rila. The present appearance of Rila Monastery dated back to the beginning of 19th century when the residential wings and the main church "The Nativity of the Virgin" were built. The oldest building in the monastery is Hrelyo Tower from 14th century.monastery details