Aug 17, 2011

Rila Monastery

Last weekend on our road trip we made it up to Rila Monastery.  It's the largest and most well known monastery in Bulgaria.  Founded in the 10th century, it's revered for its architecture and size and is hugely popular with tourists and Bulgarians alike.  In 1983 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and if you come to Bulgaria, you simply must see it for yourself.  Rila is a shining example of Bulgarian Renaissance architecture.  The artistic designs on the exterior as well as the frescoes inside the church are stunningly beautiful.

The Church
Family photo
The exterior paint is like something out of an M.C. Escher print
Entrance to the complex
Beautiful frescoes

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Love it all. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by!  It's about a 2 hour drive from Sofia(the capital).

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  3. haha i think that would be her bib you're asking about

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  4. Great photos! I loved Rila Monastery. We went in winter so we didn't do any of the nearby hikes, but I hope to get to them one day. Safe travels!

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  5. Love all the detail in the architecture and how you were able to capture all the colors...visiting by way of the paper mama.  Stop by sometime and say hello...

    chandra
    www.astylishlittlelady.blogspot.com

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  6. What a beautiful Monastery. The frescoes are breathtaking. Happy WW!

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  7. Great Pictures. I love how everything has high contrasting colors. Black and white. Dark red and light red stripes. Really beautiful!

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  8. Looks like a perfect getaway. Beautiful pics. Happy WW.

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  9. Wow. That is some fascinating architecture! So beautiful!

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  10. Awesome shots!  I'd love to visit there!

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  11. Gorgeous. Stunning. I so want to visit! How far is it from the capital?

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  12. Those patterns are breathtaking. What an amazing experience.
    Thanks for linking up at Growing up Gardner :)

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  13. Oh my... those buildings are gorgeous.  

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  14. Wow! It is absolutely beautiful there!

    Thanks for linking up with me.



    Andie

    www.GoodbyeDisposableHelloCloth.com

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  15. Beautiful photos ... Looks like a great tourist attraction. I love some of your perspectives.

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  16. what is stuffed in francies lil pouch thing lol

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  17. Beautiful pictures! I would love to visit there one day.

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  18. Beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing its so different then anything ive ever seen :)

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  19. Those are all AMAZING shots!  The architecture really is breathtaking!

    WW: The (New) Adventure Begins

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