The History of Rila Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site #37: Rila Monastery (Bulgaria)

 Listen to Episode “Rila Monastery” Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other Ways to Listen and Subscribe It’s hard for me to describe how much I love Rila Monastery. I sat down with Eric Halsey, the host of the “Bulgarian History Podcast” to talk about this amazing 10th century Byzantine Monastery, located in the Rila Mountains, … Read more

How to Visit Rila Monastery from Sofia

UNESCO World Heritage Site #37: Rila Monastery (Bulgaria)

“[W]hen I came into this wilderness of Rila, I found no man over here, but only wild animals and impenetrable thickets. I settled alone in it among the wild animals, without food nor shelter, but the sky was my shelter and the earth my bed and the herbs my food. But the good Lord, for … Read more

Why I’m Making Sofia My Home Base

When I left Sofia, Bulgaria at the beginning of December, I was really heartbroken about it. Something along the lines of this: But now I’m back! And though I’ve alluded to my reasons before, now that I’ve been here for a month, I think its time to share what’s up. In November, I met the … Read more

How to Easily Visit Boyana Church in Sofia, Bulgaria

The small graveyard at Boyana in the fog

After living in Sofia for two years, I still can’t believe what a secret Boyana Church is. Even though it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its location in the neighborhood of Boyana means that it’s still a bit off-the-beaten-path for travelers coming to Sofia. Here’s everything you need to know to visit Boyana Church from … Read more