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Boyana Church, Sofia

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#5 of 17 in Historic Sites in Sofia
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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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