Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, the Rila Monastery

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The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery (Bulgarian: Рилски манастир, Rilski manastir) is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains, 117 km (73 mi) south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1,147 m (3,763 ft) above sea level. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876 - 946 AD). Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. In 2008 alone, it attracted 900,000 visitors.

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Comments (6)

Ronald Losure on October 3, 2012

These are very beautiful paintings. They alone could make this a notable attraction.

JeO112 on October 3, 2012

Hello Suzen
What a beautiful archway.
Very nice photograph
Like 2 + Favorite 1
Greetings from Puerto

Suzen N on October 3, 2012

Thank you dear friends



I'm very glad you liked our very famous monastir-Rila monastery!Thanks for friendly comments,likes (and even YS,dear Je0112))))

Best wishes,Suzen

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on October 5, 2012

Beautiful archway , nice shot !


My friendly greeting,Natuska

metinarikan on October 23, 2012

Dostum Suzen, inananların mübarek Kurban Bayramını kutluyor, sağlık ve mutluluklar diliyorum. Metin.

Suzen N on October 27, 2012

Dostm Metin, Müslüman Kurban bayramı mubarek olsu! Sanada Hayırlı bayramlar dilerim! Suzen(Varna,Bulgaristan)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 2, 2012
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    by Suzen N
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX100
    • Taken on 2012/09/28 18:28:01
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.66 EV
    • No flash