Convert your transfer from Skopje to Ohrid in a day experience,
visiting the unique Rila Monastery – UNESCO site
Why Private transfer?
No other people on board,
You have flexibility during the transfer,
Departure time chosen by you
We will pick you up from any hotel or address within Skopje.
After two hours drive and one stop you will arrive at Bulgarian border.
Drive on the mountain road to reach Rila monastery.
Visit to the monastery.
Possibility to have a traditional lunch at some of many restaurants near the monastery..
Afternoon drive on the main motor way to Sofia.
Arrival in Sofia and drop off at any hotel or address within Sofia.
Rila Monastery, historic monastery and cultural site in the Rhodope Mountains of southwestern Bulgaria. It is situated in a valley of the Rila massif, some 70 miles (110 km) south of Sofia. Rila is a symbol of Bulgarian national identity, and it is the most prominent monastery of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The first Christian monastery in Bulgaria, Rila was founded by the hermit John of Rila (Yoan of Rila, in Bulgarian Ivan Rilski), who is the traditional patron saint of Bulgaria. Rila grew rapidly in power and influence from the 13th to the 14th century. After a devastating fire, it was rebuilt and fortified (c. 1334–35) in its present location by the feudal lord Khrelio (also spelled Hrelyo or Hreljo). During the Ottoman Turkish occupation (14th–19th century) and the accompanying cultural domination of Bulgaria by Greece, Rila again flourished, in part owing to its isolation from Ottoman power centres. In the 18th and 19th centuries Rila was a cradle for the “National Revival” of Bulgaria. The monastery supported book publishing, a library and archives, and various educational institutions. It also attracted a large number of pilgrims.
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