From Sofia we made our way South into the mountains, the Rila Monastery being our destination. This Orthodox world heritage listed monastery is the largest and supposedly most impressive of all monasteries in Bulgaria.
The roots of the monastery go back to the year 927, however it was only in the 14th century, that it was moved to its present location. Its church – the Church of Nativity – was built in the first half of the 19th century, it is surrounded by the monastery, a beautiful four level building with nicely decorated balconies. The mountainous backdrop adds to the atmosphere – allowing one to easily forget the hundreds of other tourists.