Bulgaria Spiritual Places

In the post-socialism years many Bulgarians rediscovered religion. There has been a raise in the number of Protestants alongside the official Eastern Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

The traditional Jewish, Armenian Orthodox and Catholic communities have too experienced a revival. In general Bulgarians are tolerant religion-wise. You may witness smooth cocktails of pagan beliefs and modern spiritual teachings mixed with traditional religion and agnostic pragmatism. Although there is rarely a unified agreement on the religious matters, Bulgarians value and look after the numerous spiritual and holy places and temples scattered all over the country. Some of these are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and in the Top Ten section, others we have tried to list briefly here but there is definitely more to see should you decide to explore this country.

Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, is located only 100 km from Sofia and close to the famous Borovets ski resort. Follow the International E79 route from Sofia t......

The Square of Tolerance

A mosque, a Catholic cathedral, an orthodox church and a synagogue, all four within few minutes walk of each other in the very center of Sofia - this is the so called Square of Tolerance. The temples....

St George Rotunda Church

St George Rotunda Church is the oldest architectural monument in Sofia and undoubtedly one of the most interesting. Some studies refer to it as the living illustration of the history of the Bulgarian....

Klisura Monastery

The Klisura Monastery of St. St. Cyril and Methodius lies about 85 km from Sofia. It is one of the few mixed monasteries in Bulgaria and the second after the Rila Monastery with a status of a settleme...

Kremikovtsi Monastery

Kremikovtsi Monastery is a superb destination for a one day trip out of Sofia. It is located only 20 km northeast from the capital on the southern slopes of the Stara Planina mountain, about half an h...

Bachkoski Monastery

The Bachkovski Monastery (Bachkovo Monastery, the Petritsoni Monastery or Monastery of the Mother of God Petritzonitissa) is the second largest monastery in Bulgaria after the emblematic for the count...