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Range of the Rhodope Mountains in southern Bulgaria, 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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