Rila Monastery was founded by St. John of Rila (Sveti Ivan Rilski) in the 10th century but the present structure dates only from 1816-1847 the original having been destroyed in the 18th century by the Turks.
St.John is the patron saint of Bulgaria.
I've so many photos of this place that is is very hard to choose which ones to show - so here are just a few.
The entrance gate ...
The inner courtyard ..
This mixture of black, white and red makes the whole structure look very attractive.