THE RILA MIRACLE-WORKER PILGRIMAGE ROUTE
The largest pilgrimage route in Bulgaria, not coincidentally named after the Rila Miracle-Worker”, leads believers to the biggest monastery in the country – Rila holy cloister, a part of the Bulgarian UNESCO heritage, where the relics of the most respected Bulgarian saint - St John of Rila – are being kept. The six-day pilgrimage route is attracting people of all ages and many countries. The “Rila Miracle-Worker” pilgrimage route is held annually from the 1st to the 6th of August. A divine liturgy service points its start at 09:00 in “St. Sophia” basilica in the capital of Bulgaria. Fromthere in a procession with the cross, the icon and the banner of St John of Rila the pilgrims head to “St. George” rotunda and after that – to Vitosha mountain.
The pilgrimage route passes through three of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains – Vitosha, Verila and Rila. During the five days route the participants pass more than 100 km and spend the nights at camps in tents in the area of different villages. Participants travel back to Sofia from Rila monastery by organized bus transport.