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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. Planning Sofia trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • magical 10 minutes in a small church. Enjoy the tour. If you come by car, you can park and enjoy to see the falls.
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  • Boyana Church is located in a large, walled in area. Within the walls are gardens, everywhere you look is green. Arriving early in the day is a must. They only allow groups of about 8-10 people at a t...  more »
  • It is unnecessary wear, which also charge you the additional input to what you paid for the tour, there is nothing that will surprise, is to go to a tiny church to see a few badly preserved frescoes and whose history does not justify wear go up there.
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  • The church is spectacular. The experience was an epic fail. First, it's all Bulgarian. People, this is a World Heritage Site!!! English is the global language. It should be standard, STANDARD, that all signage and employees are bilingual. The sign suggests English tours available but I was firmly and gruffly told no, twice. Who knows if they understood? Oh, and smiles only happen when they see money, if then. The woman specialist doesn't care whose turn it is. If you want to maintain your place in line you will have to battle it out with those who insist on ruining it for the rest of us by sneaking around the back way to get to the front. The experience ruined the beauty of the church. (then someone has the audacity to say this happens everywhere in Europe. Um, no. I live in Munich. Traveled extensively. First I've seen of it.)
  • It is a UNESCO heritage site. Very small church with 8 people access at once due to the protection of the church inside. Freco is quite impressive. Enterance fee is 15LB per person.
  • Quite expensive to enter the church at 10 lev. Not allowed pictures inside the church. But informative guide answers questions in English. Lots of 13th century religious paintings inside this very small church. It has a 19th century annex to house more people, but stopped being used as a church in 1954. Worth a look if you don't mind paying the steep entrance fee.
  • I recommend the guided tour in French. My guests were fasinated from the depth of knowledge and the personal attitude of the guide. The park is relaxing, good to stay for a short break.
  • Probably the best heritage site in Sofia. Try to compare to Giotto's masterpiece in Assisi, painted fifty years later!

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