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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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  • This small church has a lovely peaceful setting in a small park with lots of trees for shade. The interior is a World Heritage Site and well worth visiting for the 10 Lev fee. You can only enter in sm...  more »
  • The frescos are beautiful and guide very knowledgeable. Definitely worth going. But I almost didn't get a ticket 2h before closing mid week as all the slots were sold to groups. Managed to get one fin...  more »
  • It was a visit to a holly and historical place, the Boyana church, which is acknoledged as a site protected by Unesco. The church is unique, amazing freskas and paintings shine on its wall, it is high...  more »

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Set yourself up for easy and convenient access to Sofia's historical core and its most popular tourist sites by staying in an upscale hotel in the city center. While you'll find some hotels on the main boulevard, look for modern hotels off the main streets to keep costs lower. Staying outside the center in the outlying neighborhoods means you'll need to use public transportation, but the network is extensive and accommodation prices farther out are lower. For a real budget-friendly option, consider staying in a hostel; the city boasts a wide array of these, many of which include breakfast.
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