This year's edition of the conference will be followed by special social program! All registered participants will be able to join for a day trip to most visited bulgarian monastery and touristic site - Rila monastery. In the day participants will also visit the Tomb of John of Rila, Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and Blagoevgrad city! Also, each of the participants will be able to join a day guided trip in the heart of modern Sofia and ancient Serdica!
Rila Monastery, or rather the Treasury of Bulgaria, is blooming like an evergreen and magnificent flower in the bosom of Rila Mountain, in the place where the rivers Drushlyavitsa and Rilska join.
Founded in the first half of 10 c. by the heavenly protector of the Bulgarians Saint John of Rila, the monastery is a cradle, a pillar and a repository of the Bulgarian spirit even today. Rila Monastery is Bulgaria's most famous, most visited, and best loved Eastern Orthodox monastery. Technically named The Monastery of St Ivan of Rila, this stunning complex is located just over 100 kilometers from the city of Sofia. The surrounding area, Rila Monastery Nature Park, is a protected area of pristine forested wilderness, where in one corner you'll find St Ivan's cave and final resting spot.
Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.
See all of the main things to see in Sofia in a walking tour with proffessional guide. From the modern nowadays Sofia, you will dive into the ancient city of Serdica, dating back to times with rich roman heritage.
Serdica is the historical name of Sofia during the Roman Empire. Around 29BC Sofia became the most important Roman city in the region, known by the name Ulpia Serdica. The roman heritage of the ancient city now consists of Public baths, administrative and cult buildings, civic basilica, ancient city gates and others landmarks.