Up in the Rila mountains and easily accessible in a day trip from Sophia, stands the Rila monastery. Founded in the 10th century on the highest mountains in Eastern Europe, it is one of the jewels of beautiful Bulgaria. It is simply grand!
On that day of March 2010, my friends and I spent the night inside the monastery. The boys with the boys, and the girls with the girls. There were no other visitors that night, or at least the only people we saw were monks walking along paths and avoiding contact with visitors. You can feel there the mystery of unknown spirits… It is definitely a must to visit this UNESCO world Heritage center, away from the city life.