Rila Monastery today, on the day of St. John of Rila

December 4, 2016
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Bistra Stoimenova
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Or what happens if you get on the third floor of the monastery (because someone forgot to put the rope that prevents tourists from doing so).
It's raining (and is about 8 degrees Celsius) so there are almost no people otherwise the monastery is full on that day. Instead, it was full of monks and nuns from different countries, who had come to celebrate.

The Place:
Rila Monastery is the largest of the Balkan Peninsula. It was founded by St. John of Rila (or so the legend says) and today the relics of the saint are kept in it. This is very, VERY popular tourist site - today there were tourists who had come all way from Ukraine, so if you could visit it on a work day, you will find it not so crowded. You can sleep in the monastery, but I have no idea what the conditions are, nor what the prices could be.

If you go, pay a visit to the church, of course in proper attire (no shorts or tank tops). Inside the church photography is STRICTLY forbidden.

Photoadvice:
The best photo vantage point is from the second or third floor of the monastery (if you manage to sneak in). You may need a wide-angle lens because the place is hard to capture in a single shot.

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3 comments from 3 voubsters
Petar Milev   Rila Monastery is always beautiful! 10 points for that Rila diamond
December 27, 2016 08:29:14 PM UTC
Mihai Penghios   Great image! 10
December 20, 2016 03:26:46 PM UTC
Stela Vasileva   10
December 14, 2016 05:35:20 AM UTC
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