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Coordinates: 42°08′N 23°08′E / 42.133°N 23.133°E / 42.133; 23.133

Rila
Рила
—  Town  —
Rila is located in Bulgaria
Rila
Location of Rila
Coordinates: 42°08′N 23°08′E / 42.133°N 23.133°E / 42.133; 23.133
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Kyustendil
Municipality Rila
Government
 - Mayor Georgi Kabzimalski
Elevation 593 m (1,946 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 - Total 3,044
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2630
Area code(s) 07054

Rila (Bulgarian: Рила, pronounced [ˈrilə]) is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. It is the administrative centre of Rila municipality, which lies in the southeastern part of Kyustendil Province.

The town lies in a mountainous region at the foot of the southwestern Rila Mountains, 20 kilometres from the Rila Monastery, 34 kilometres from Dupnitsa and 65 kilometres from Kyustendil. In antiquity, the area was inhabited by the Greeks and Romans; it was known as Sportela and then as Roligera. In the 14th century, the village was a feudatory possession of the Rila Monastery and may have been mentioned in Tsar Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria's Rila Charter as Driska. Later on, it was mentioned as İrlie in Ottoman tax registers of 1576.



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Coordinates: 42°08′N 23°08′E / 42.133°N 23.133°E / 42.133; 23.133 Template:Infobox Settlement

Rila (Bulgarian: Рила; IPA: /ˈri.lə/) is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, part of Kyustendil Province. It is the administrative centre of Rila municipality, which lies in the southeastern part of Kyustendil Province.

The town lies in a mountainous region at the foot of the southwestern Rila mountains, 20 kilometres from the Rila Monastery, 34 kilometres from Dupnitsa and 65 kilometres from Kyustendil. In antiquity, the area was inhabited by the Greeks and Romans; it was known as Sportela and then as Roligera. In the 14th century, the village was a feudatory possession of the Rila Monastery and may have been mentioned in Tsar Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria's Rila Charter as Driska. Later on, it was mentioned as İrlie in Ottoman tax registers of 1576.

Municipality

Rila municipality covers an area of 361 square kilometres (of which 54.84% forests and only 19.3% arable) and includes the following 5 places:

Several peaks higher than 2,000 metres are part of the municipality, including Rilets (2,731 m), Yosifitsa (2,697 m), Kanarata (2,619 m), Zliya Zab (2,678 m), Kalin (2,667 m), Elenin Vrah (2,654 m), Tsarev Vrah (2,378 m). The municipality also boasts 28 mountain lakes. The area is also rich in medieval Bulgarian Orthodox churches and monasteries.


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