The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the 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.
Koprivshtitsa – village of the Bulgarian national revival Koprivshtitsa is a historic town in Bulgaria, located in the Sredna Gora mountains, about 110 km east of the capital city Sofia. The town is known for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture, as well as for its role in the Bulgarian National Revival. It was here that the first shot of the April Uprising against the Ottoman domination was fired in 1876. Koprivshtitsa has a rich cultural heritage, and it played an important part in the struggle for Bulgarian independence from Ottoman rule. Many of the town’s buildings and houses are museums, showcasing the life and traditions of the local people. Most of the monuments, 383 in all, have been restored to […]