Range of the Rhodope Mountains in southern
site of a monastic community founded by
St. Ivan Rilski
in 927. (The monastery moved to its present
location from a site a few kilometers away in
1335.) Since at least the XV Century, Rila Monastery
has been a dominant force in Bulgarian religious
and secular culture. Many of the present buildings,
however, are more recent, built in the aftermath
of an 1835 fire.
Norman Hugh Redington
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