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  • 1. Rila Monastery
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    • Rila Monastery s the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria .
    • It is situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains .
    • The monastery is named after the famous Bulgaria saint and hermit Ivan of Rila .
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    • It is traditionally thought that the monastery was founded by the hermit St . Ivan of Rila , whose name it bears, during the rule of Tsar Peter .
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    • The main church of the monastery was erected in the middle of the 19th century.
    • The museum of the Rila Monastery is particularly famous for housing Rafail's Cross , a wooden cross made from a whole piece of wood
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