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Today we visited a gorgeous, serene monastery in the lush mountains of Bulgaria. It was so nice to be in nature after spending an entire month just in cities. In addition to the great landscape surrounding the monastery, the architecture and decor of the structures was ...
... gas station stop so that the other van could catch up to us.
The tour guide (who was in the other van) walked us into the monastery and gave us a brief history of when and why it was built, before setting us loose.
Rila is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and it's clear why this was selected as a place of meditation. 72 steps up the tower, and I had a great view of the picturesque mountains and the monastery.
In addition to having time to climb ...
... and the undersides of the verandah that ran around three sides were absolutely covered in very brightly coloured and detailed religious scenes. It was utterly gobsmacking! The inside was lovely too, covered in murals and icons without an inch of undecorated wall. It was gloomier here, with the main light coming from a few candelabras and the many candles lit in front of the most richly decorated end. I bought and lit a candle of my own.
After wandering around ...
... 14 for 2 days including helmet and boots. We also hired a ski instructor for £30 for 2 days 4 hours per day. A car was essential as we stayed 8km away from Borovets, so we hired a van for £140.
We arrived to Sofia 12 in the afternoon, picked up a car and spend 3 hours in Sofia. It was interesting as there was a strong spirit of Soviet Union, the buildings, the souvenirs. There are many nice churches and cathedrals and they are a close walk from ...
We hiked up to Ivan Rila's tomb. Had some time on our own with the ward who introduced us to the tame robins that flew on my hand.
Many Bulgarians come up to this place for religious reasons, leave whishes in the wall, fetch source's water. Interesting to see where the Orthodox Church leaves room for connectedness with nature. I however don't believe that Ivan slept in this cave for 7 years without even preparing himself a mattress.