Hi for this weeks Travel Photo Thursday.
I've just been chatting to a new travel friend, Derek Earl Baron, about Bulgaria so I got inspired to go through photos of our East European saunter, a trip I haven't written enough about. Fascinating countries to visit and inexpensive, downright cheap actually, such good value for money.
We enjoyed our travels in Bulgaria, a country of many layers of history positioned by that narrow neck of land where Europe and Asia meet between the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Successive waves of migrations and conquests swept to and fro across the area - tribes from Central Asia came through; Greek, Roman, and Islamic Empires claimed dominance through the ages; all leaving their influences in culture and architecture.
The Rila Monastery is situated in South-western Bulgaria some 117km from Sofia the capital.
Originally built in the time of St Ivan of Rila around the mid 900's CE, it has been added to and destroyed many times and re-built between 1834- 1862 and most buildings date from that time.
The ceilings and walls are covered in beautifully painted frescoes depicting biblical scenes. Photography is not allowed in the interior of the main church.
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|View of Rila Monastery courtyard.|
|View of courtyard looking right.|
|A view further right of Rila Monastery, showing the frescoes.|
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