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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

By: V Travel
  • Full-day tour of Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Admire Bulgarian Renaissance paintings and 13th-century frescoes
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour
From US$34.65
Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
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Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia Region

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

Duration: 1 day 6 hours
Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile
Nice Sights and Food, tour ok

Me and my daughter decided to book this tour after seeing good reviews and after people telling us that going there alone would not be wise. The bus left promptly holding 7 tourists, the tour guide Alex, and a lady who didn’t say much or...More

2  Thank MilindB447
Reviewed 4 October 2018
A day away from Sofia

Rila monastery and Boyana church were interesting places to visit. The history lovers will enjoy them and we were lucky to go there with V-Tours because we had a plenty of time to visit them and learn the details about their history. The tour guide...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jaroslavab952
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile
Great visit

I was looking for a tour to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church when close to Serdika in a info point get the information about V Travel to make small group visits around Sofia and other cities . Do I have to say that without...More

1  Thank 692ignacioa
Reviewed 24 July 2018
Interesting monastery

The monastery and church are interesting. The fresh paintings are all over, inside and outside the monument. If you have the opportunity wait to the change of hour and take a look at the clock tower you will be surprised with what you will see.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Mary M
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile
Rila and Boyana

We enjoyed our trip to Rila and Boyana with our guide Nikola. He is a nice person and speaks English and Spanish very well. Being a PHD student, he knows a lot about Bulgarian culture and history and gave us a lot of information (maybe...More

1  Thank ZiaVicky
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