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Boyana Church, Sofia

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See one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of eastern European medieval art at Boyana Church. Featuring an important collection of medieval Byzantine frescoes, this site was added to the World Heritage list in 1979. The walls of the narthex are adorned with 18 scenes from the life of St. Nicholas, incorporating aspects of contemporary life. In “The Miracle at Sea,” the ship and the sailors' hats recall the Venetian fleet. The portraits of Bulgarian Tsar Constantine Tikh and Tsaritsa Irina on the north wall are among the most impressive and lifelike frescoes in the church. Before you head to Sofia, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sofia trip builder, to make sure you see all that Sofia has to offer, including Boyana Church.
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  • Beautiful Orthodox Church in great central location at Serdika metro station and at the beginning of Vitosha boulevard. We attended the church service. Unique experience. Typical iconographic interior decorations. Usual banquet for images and offers for candles.
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  • For art lovers must visit this medieval church just outside the Centre of Sofia. Externally as almost all medieval churches looks sober but inside you can admire the fresco cycles really well preserved. The time with Christ pantocrator and a last supper with Orthodox portrayed Judas in a very particular way. The life of Saint Nicholas is depicted in its highlights. The characters are so absolutely realistic especially if we think that our dear Giotto was not yet born! It is not possible to take pictures, the guide in English is quite exhaustive, did a little exception to the rule, leaving us a few extra minutes since there were no queues. I didn't find any guide book to buy, you have to study alone. Entrance 10 lever, it is not possible to pay with a credit card even if they expose the stickers MasterCard, VISA, maestro. You arrive in Boyana taxi spending from 8 to 12 lever. Return by bus and metro transmission.
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  • Declared heritage of humanity by Unesco, this small church is situated on the outskirts of Sofia. With economically are taxis in Sofia worth displacement since it visit barely lasts 15 minutes. The price of admission are 10 camshaft per person, you enter in groups of no more than ten people and responsible for the visit is very attentive to that photographs are not carried out. The Church is from the 12th century, its interior is completely decorated with wonderful frescoes, if you travel without guide anyone explain you nothing so it is advisable to read a little bit of it prior to the visit. An interpretation centre is misses or similar, yet well worth the visit.
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