Hi, I agree entirely, this monastery is very well worth visiting. I don't think you mentioned the cross inside with exquisitely carved very tiny figures all over it. I heard much of it was carved with a needle and Rila went blind while doing it. Whether I was told the truth or not, it is an amazing example of dedication, patience and devotion to your task ).
The striped pattern an archways remind me of what you see in the Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain. In Cordoba, the earlier portions get their color from different colors of stone, and the later ones were painted. Which way is it at Rila? Thanks for the view!
If you still haven't decided to visit Bulgaria after my 7 reasons to do so , this may be the right inspiration to come here. Rila Monastery is the most gorgeous, peaceful and authentic place in Bulgaria I've been so far. It's a huge tourist...
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