Rila Monastery, southwestern Rila Mountains, 73 mi south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River.  Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His 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. (V)

Rila Monastery, southwestern Rila Mountains, 73 mi south of the capital Sofia

Heading to Bulgaria? We have hand picked six lovely towns and cities, all within three or so hours of the nation’s capital, Sofia. Each has something different to offer but all have one thing in common; these are great destinations in any season. vagrantsoftheworld.com

Bulgaria Holidays, One Town At A Time.

Heading to Bulgaria? We have hand picked six lovely towns and cities, all within three or so hours of the nation’s capital, Sofia. Each has something different to offer but all have one thing in common; these are great destinations in any season.

Bulgaria - capital: Sofia - photos: clockwise, from top left: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral • Church of St. George • Orlov Most Square • National Palace of Culture • Boyana Church • Ivan Vazov National Theatre • Saint Sophia Statue

Bulgaria - capital: Sofia - photos: clockwise, from top left: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

8 tourist activities to make the most of the capital Sofia - kashkaval tourist

8 tourist activities to make the most of the capital Sofia - kashkaval tourist

Bulgaria's capital Sofia one of Europe's most affordable destinations, has a lot to see and do. Find out what this affordable city has to offer the visitor. https://www.compassandfork.com/sofia-one-of-europes-most-affordable-destinations/

Sofia One of Europe's Most Affordable Destinations

Bulgaria's capital Sofia one of Europe's most affordable destinations, has a lot to see and do. Find out what this affordable city has to offer the visitor.

This skeleton, discovered at the site of the ancient Thracian temple of Perperikon, southeast of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, has an iron rod through its chest where its heart should be. | An Archaelogist Found A "Vampire" Skeleton With A Stake Through Its Heart In A Ruined Ancient City

This skeleton, discovered at the site of the ancient Thracian temple of Perperikon, southeast of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, has an iron rod through its chest where its heart should be.

A "vampire grave" containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed in the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon, located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.

** FILE ** This July 15, 2007, file photo shows Bulgarian archeologist Georgi Kitov holding an ancient Thracian gold mask at a Thracian tomb near the village of Topolchane east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov, an expert on the treasure-rich Thracian culture who combined a Midas touch with heavy-handed excavation techniques, has died aged 65, his family said Thursday. Kitov suffered a fatal heart attack Sunday, his widow said, while excavating in Starosel…

This July file photo shows Bulgarian archeologist Georgi Kitov holding an ancient Thracian gold mask at a Thracian tomb near the village of Topolchane east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

A Bulgarian bride from the Pomak minority (ethnic Bulgarian speaking Muslims), is seen during the traditional, centuries old preparation for her two-day wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo some 210 km from the capital Sofia on 24 January, 2010. The mountain village is famous for performing the unique wedding ceremonies in winter time only. PHOTO/BORYANA KATSAROVA

A Bulgarian bride from the Pomak minority (ethnic Bulgarian speaking Muslims), is seen during the traditional, centuries old preparation for her two-day wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo some.

This treasure of almost 3,000 silver Ancient Roman coins from the 1st-2nd century AD has been found in a clay vessel during excavations of the ruins of ancient Serdica in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo: BGNES

This treasure of almost silver Ancient Roman coins from the century AD has been found in a clay vessel during excavations of the ruins of ancient Serdica in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

They've been busy as the proverbial bees in Bulgaria, as this picture of a dimly lit vigil shows. If you look closely at the jars amid the candles at this church 60 miles south of the country's capital, Sofia, you'll see they contain something rather sweet. It's the town's honey harvest, and it is the focus of a religious festival that pays homage to the hardest-working of insects.    The annual event takes place in the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin church in the town of Blagoevgrad…

Picture Post: Praise bee - a mass for St Haralambos

The Bulgarian capital Sofia is a bargain.

THERE’S nothing quite like the feeling of sheer joy that comes with snagging a bargain, and this list of the cheapest places for Australian travellers to visit is music to our ears.

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Christmas decorations and lights, Varna east, Sofia, Bulgarian! Holiday light reflections around the world!

Places to Visit in Bulgaria Beyond the Capital Sofia | Vagrants Of The World Travel

Places to Visit in Bulgaria Beyond the Capital Sofia

This image is terrible...but the article is great!  All about Plovdiv Bulgaria, my first Bulgarian home!

Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Europe's Oldest Inhabited City

As the bus drove through Plovdiv's suburbs, after a two-hour journey from the capital Sofia, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. Plovdiv is one of the World's most ancient cities and Europe's oldest inhabited city -- even beating Athens.

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