Rila and Plovdiv

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Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

Day 5 was to be a real treat; a visit to Rila Monastery, another world heritage site. On the way we were congratulated for coming back so late the previous evening. And we thought we had gotten away with it.

Behind Rila Monastery

Behind Rila Monastery

The Monastery has the most important and impressive Bulgarian Orthodox church. It is like a vision from a fairy tale. There was a service in progress so I did not take any photos but inside the church bears images of Archangels and vivid scenes from the Gospels.

Anna was loaned a shawl to cover her shoulders as she entered.

The only drawback I found here is the ground treatment. They have embedded large rocks to pave it. My left foot is bruised and it really hurts if I step wrongly.

From Rila we travelled to Plovdiv. Our bus dropped us on the edge of old town and we walked. The main street has been renovated and it was a pleasure. This took us to the ruins of the arena and an impressive with an

Plovdiv Amphitheatre

Plovdiv Amphitheatre

accurate sun clock. Then we walked up hill (for a change) to the old Roman amphitheatre. This spot is beautiful offering a panoramic view of Plovdiv. Sadly it is surrounded by a heavy barred fence. Not a problem to photograph through but it denies entry unless you want to part with quite a few Leva.

Constantine and Elena Church

Constantine and Elena Church

Downhill a little is the church of Constantine and Elena, the oldest Orthodox Church in Plovdiv.