Rila, Bulgaria

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Rila

Рила
Town
Rila is located in Bulgaria
Rila
Rila
Location of Rila
Coordinates: 42°08′N 23°08′E / 42.133°N 23.133°E / 42.133; 23.133Coordinates: 42°08′N 23°08′E / 42.133°N 23.133°E / 42.133; 23.133
CountryBulgaria
Province (Oblast)Kyustendil
MunicipalityRila
Government
 • MayorGeorgi Kabzimalski
Elevation
593 m (1,946 ft)
Population
 (2008)[1]
 • Total3,044
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
2630
Area code(s)07054
Main street in town Rila

Rila (Bulgarian: Рила, pronounced [ˈriɫɐ]) 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 km (12 mi) from the Rila Monastery, 34 km (21 mi) from Dupnitsa and 65 km (40 mi) from Kyustendil. It is situated on the banks of the Rilska River at the entrance of the Rila Monastery Nature Park. In antiquity, the area was inhabited by the Thracians and Romans; it was known as Sportela and then as Roligera. In the Middle Ages it was part of the Bulgarian Empire. In the 14th century, the village was a feudal 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.