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Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. It is the administrative centre of Rila municipality, which lies in the southeastern part of Kyustendil Province.The town lies in a mountainous region at the foot of the southwestern Rila Mountains, 20km from the Rila Monastery, 34km from Dupnitsa and 65km from Kyustendil. In antiquity, the area was inhabited by the Greeks and Romans; it was known as Sportela and then as Roligera. In the 14th century, the village was a feudatory possession of the Rila Monastery and may have been mentioned in Tsar Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria's Rila Charter as Driska. Later on, it was mentioned as İrlie in Ottoman tax registers of 1576.Use our Bulgaria holiday planner to arrange the details of your trip to Rila and other destinations.
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