Religion is an important part of the national identity of Bulgaria. If you want to learn more about the culture of this country, the monasteries should be a must-see part of your trip. Here is our guide to some of the most beautiful monasteries in Bulgaria to see.
This UNESCO-protected monastery is the largest in Bulgaria and the closest to Sofia, founded over 1000 years ago by Saint Ivan of Rila, hence the name. Visit the monastery museum and admire the Raphael Cross, a wooden crucifix containing 104 biblical scenes, 650 miniature figures carved on it.
The monk who created it, Raphael, used a magnifying glass in his delicate work. The monastery offers simple accommodation for the night.
Bachkovo is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria, located near the city of Plovdiv in the Rhodope Mountains. On August 15th, thousands of people visit the monastery to attend a special Mass dedicated to Mary.
After exploring the monastery, take a walk up the mountain. It will take you to several beautiful forest chapels, one carved into the rock.
The third largest monastery in Bulgaria located among the Stara Planina mountains near the town of Troyan. It is about 400 years old, but very well preserved.
Since it occupies a region known for the production of rakia plums, it is no surprise that the monks of the monastery drink their own alcohol. There are rooms designed for tourists, pilgrims, where you can spend the night.
This monastery in Northern Bulgaria was the place where revolutionaries gathered secretly in the 19th century to organize the Bulgarian liberation movement.
See the amazing architecture, the interior of the monastery, and then explore the surrounding area. Don't miss the Bacho Kiro Cave (guided tours available) or The Path of Love (start at the cave entrance, follow the wooden signs up the hill for stunning views).
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BulgariaState in Europe
The state in South-Eastern Europe, in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, occupies 22% of its area.
Area 110 994 km² Population 7 202 198 people CapitalSofia The largest citiesSofia, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Pleven, Ruse, Dobrich, Stara Zagora, Pernik Dialing code359 LanguageBulgarian
Religious tourism in Bulgaria
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