Established in 927, the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila is an absolutely stunning monastery located amid the incredible landscape of the Rila Mountains of southwestern Bulgaria. Home to about 60 monks, the Eastern Orthodox monastery’s main church was built in the 19th century and has five domes and three altars, as well as two side chapels. In addition to many valuable icons, visitors will find stunning frescoes in the porticos of the main church, with obvious Mamluk influences in the paintings as well as the church’s domes.