Over One Million Visit Bulgarian Monastery In Last Year

September 11, 2009

Rila Monastery in Bulgaria has attracted over one million tourists between September 2008 and September 2009 year. The largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, Rila is in the Rila Mountain, under the towering summit of Malyovitsa. It is believed that the site was founded by the hermit St. John of Rila (Ivan Rilski), whose name it bears, during the reign of Tsar Peter I (927-968).

The hermit actually lived in a cave without material possessions not far from the monastery, while the religious complex itself was erected by followers who came to the mountains to receive education.

Founded in the 10th century, Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments, a site which contributed greatly to the preservation of Bulgarian culture and heritage during Turkish occupation.

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