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Rila Monastery

Рила, България

Rila, Bulgaria

January 12th 2023


Landscape photograph of the top of the church in Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, surrounded by trees and snow

An cancelled and rescheduled flight later, and I had a couple extra days to kill in Bulgaria. Looking randomly at tour packages, something I don't usually do, I found a ridiculously cheap shuttle to and from Rila Monastery. Being religious (I've seen enough churches, mosques and stupas thanks) and one of the most popular destinations in Bulgaria, I had no plans before to visit it.


It turned out to be a good decision though. It is a very intrically designed monastery parked within a valley close to the main hiking areas in the country (in fact, merely a few km from where I had hiked previously). I now plan to come back, and will stay a night while hiking through one of the larger trails. The vegan mekitsa donuts were quite convincing.



Landscape photograph of Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, during winter

Animal portrait photograph of a stray cat sitting on a bench in Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Street photography of religious designs in Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Landscape photograph of Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Animal portrait photograph of stray dog Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Landscape photograph of snow covered forest in Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Animal portrait photograph of stray dog in Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

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