The Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila - a hermit who lived about a dozen years in a cave with no other shelter. The story goes that this tomb like place became a holy site and then was transformed into the monastic complex.
The monastery was largely destoryed by fire in the 19th century, but rebult in the mid 1800s. It is one of the largest and one of the most impressive monasteries I have been to (Bulgaria, Moldova & Romainia).
It is located in the Kyustendil province of Bulgaria; however, it seems most people mentally file it in a province of Sofia or Plovdiv since there are frequent day trips made from the cities.
It is possible to stay over night at the monastery; however, there does not seem to be a booking system. Perhaps this is so they can sift through the lodge seekers to allow the most devout pilgrims first.
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mehmetemin (7231) 2008-10-31 15:59
Good composition! Very nice colors and lights!
al-Farrob (691) 2008-10-31 16:01
Excellent composition of an interesting subject
marjan (6279) 2008-11-01 3:27
hi Dan, very nice shot with good useful notice.
pen (509) 2008-11-24 8:09
Seems to me that the building has a combination of islamic & western architecture. Although not vividly focused but the combination of geometric figures is very clear. It would have been great if the whole building had been captured, of course this is my idea, i do not know if there is some physical limitation of doing it. The background color was nicely captured. I think this monastery is under renovation?
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-12-28 23:36
Beautiful composition with the Rila's Mountain Monastery. Beautiful colours and nice light
TFS and Happy New Year
- Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) (1746)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron 17-35 2,8-4 D
- Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-31 15:58