Boris III b. January 30, 1894 d. August 28, 1943 King of Bulgaria. His full name was Boris Clemens Robert Maria Pius Ludwig Stanislaus Xaver. His parents were Ferdinand I, King of the Bulgarians, and Princess Maria Luisa of Bourbon-Parma. He became King on October 3rd, 1918 upon his father's abdication. Boris came to power at a time of political, economic and spiritual crisis. Bulgaria's deplorable state largely affected young ruler's initial agenda, as well as his style of government. Immediately after the war he had to defend the monarchy...[Read More] (Bio by: Jelena) Monastery Rila, Rila, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
Rilski, Sant. Ivan b. 876 d. August 18, 946 (circa) Patron Saint of Bulgaria. Born in Skrino, at the foot of the Osogovo mountain, John Rilski came from humble origins. A shepherd in his early days until becoming a monk in the monastery of Saint Demetrius on the slopes of the Ruen mountain, seeking a life of isolation and prayer, he left the monastery, moving from one place to another until settling himself on the Rila mountains. Despite the life of seclusion he led, he soon became known as "the wonder worker" by the locals with many seeking his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Monastery Rila, Rila, Kyustendil, Bulgaria Plot: Monastery Church.