The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, commonly called the Rila Monastery, can be visited inside the Rila Mountains which are inside Rila Monastery Nature Park. It is the largest and most famed Eastern Orthodox monastery in the country and currently houses around 60 monks. The monastery is named after its founder, Saint John of Rila, who was the first Bulgarian hermit. Visitors can explore the monastery's unique environment and architecture, which includes a main church, residential quarters, and a monastery museum. As one of the country's most important historical and cultural monuments, visitors will learn and see a lot at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, especially the beauty of the frescoes that grace the monastery's ceilings and walls.
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