The first and largest monastery in Bulgaria was built in tenth century and is one of the foremost masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. The monastery was named after Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD), and is now the home of approximately 60 monks. The whole complex occupies an area of 8,800 m² and is rectangular in form. It contains a main church, a residential part and a museum. This historical complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1983. This spectacular place for me brings a lot of traditions and powerful history. Every time I visit the Rila Monastery (usually once a year) it leaves the same unique feeling; proud to be Bulgarian!