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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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  • It is a small church which is located on the outskirts you Sofia. Inside you can admire medieval frescoes. For our artistic heritage is a small thing. Here celebrate it as an absolute wonder. It's worth seeing.
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  • Our last morning in Sofia we went out (or one and a half hours in the Center) of the Church, about from the outside. barely visible. The entrance fee is 10 leva (EUR 5) in return you can see the beautiful medieval town of falfestéseket.
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  • Interesting church with ancient frescoes, but the review is not about her. Here begins the road to a point of interest is not listed in any guidebook. Namely, Boyana fall waterfall in reserve. It is very similar to the waterfall from the movie "Zemlya sannikova". But the road to the waterfall just for lovers of the Tickle ourselves nerves because it is 10 km away. on mountain trails. If someone would draw inspiration from, my recommendation: always (!), comfortable shoes sneaker type, water and a couple of the sandwich to take with them. For independent travelers: Get close to Vitosha, and then by bus No. 64 to stop Han Bojanska (the Metro is 18 or 17 in a row) When descend from the waterfall very recommend to visit restaurant very Han Bojanska delicious and inexpensive local cuisine.
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  • Boyana Church is quite small and out of the way, but is a nice place to visit if you are interested in medieval art and want to get out of the city. It is also a good starting point for hikes. Is Boyana church worth the 10 leva? I'd say no; but it is for free on Mondays after 15:00.
  • Very small church but with beautiful frescos dating back to 10th and 12th centuries. You do need to book if you want to go inside the church as many groups visit. Best if you go with an experienced guide who can explain the frescos to you otherwise can seem a little meaningless and they have a strict time limit of 10 minutes inside. The grounds of the church a peaceful and relaxing. Best to combine the visit here with Rila monastery; and this is the popular combination with tour companies.
  • 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.)
  • The church is set at the base of the mountains on some lovely wooded grounds. There is a pretty little gate and a large, redwood tree that was a gift from the king. The outside of the church is set back from the entrance and is picturesque. The inside is very small but the frescos are stunning. The entrance area was built in the 19th century. The first area that is fresco'ed was a 13th century addition and the last portion, the original part, was built in the 10th century. The building was an active church until the 1950s. I would like to have seen some descriptions of the frescos. Either a fact sheet or a short lecture. The temperature and humidity are carefully controlled so as to help preserve the frescos. Only 8 people are allowed in at a time. We walked from the Museum of History. It's a long, uphill walk. I don't recommend it. The 64 bus will get you pretty close. The best way to get there would be a car or taxi. It's a must see.
  • A small church that used to be a family chapel, however it was later re-decorated with frescoes on top of the old brick walls. You can distinctly see the different layers from the church's past. The inside is rather small so only a group of 10 are allowed.
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