German Monastery of St John of Rila/Sveti Ivan Rilski
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It is believed that the German monastery was established in the 10th century, shortly after the dead of St John of Rila. The image of St John of Rila is present in many of the cloisters in Sofia region, as he was widely honoured there. Yet it is only the German Monastery and the cloister in Kurilo (close to Novi Iskar district) that are dedicated to the saint. As legend has it, St John of Rila lived for some time in the area surrounding the village of German before retiring into the Rila Mountain.