Today, I took out photos of my Bulgaria trip. Looking back, I remember pressing the camera button the most at this time. The beautiful monastery standing alone in the deep mountains was overwhelming with its numerous murals and quiet scenery.
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as Rila Monastery "Sveti Ivan Rilski" is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
Lila Monastery is located in a valley at an elevation of 1100 m above sea level, its architecture is majestic, has a long history, and has a beautiful artistic atmosphere, making it the most famous historical site in Bulgaria and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
A World Heritage Site, Rila Monastery is located 60 kilometers south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia and was built in the 10th century with a strict layout like a medieval castle. Rila Monastery is a center of architecture, art, religion, seal sculpting and education. In the heyday of Bulgarian monasteries, there were tens of thousands of people and later there were only a few hundred, but today the Rila Monastery has eight monks.
I just caught a monk passing by the monastery on camera. Captured from a distance, but unknown reverence and mystery.
The entrance is made of a discreet structure, and the inside looks like an isolated medieval castle. Exquisite murals on the exterior walls depict religious stories that encourage people to punish evil and encourage good.
It is considered the most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria. Early Byzantine architecture, the black and white stripes are very distinctive.
Because the entire monastery was built near a creek deep in the mountains, I still vividly remember hearing the sound of the babbling brook and many birdsong. When you look at the murals inside the monastery along with the sound of nature that sounds like a bell, you will feel as if you are in a fairy village.
There is an artist from Bulgaria who perfected the mystical and pious values of the monastery in miniature form.
Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov spent a great deal of 16 years creating an impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery using many matches. Made of wood, matches and precious stones, these artifacts are now on display at the Archaeological Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Myungja Anna Koh