Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Bulgaria  /  Sofia Region  /  Sofia  /  Boyana Church

Boyana Church, Sofia

Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
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 overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Boyana Church

Boyana Church reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,844 reviews
  • This great gem of history and culture disappointed my expectetions. Not because it's not worth its fame and the place on the Unesco List, but because of the way it is presented. The history of the...  more »
  • The church and is interior are well-preserved despite their age. You are only allowed to stay for 10 minutes inside (max. 5 persons simultaneously). Not so much. Therefore it would be a good idea to.....  more »
  • So many Bulgarians told me that I must see Boyana Church as it is extremely impressive. We decided to combine a visit to Boyana Church with a visit to the National History Museum. We walked from the....  more »
  • Unique place. Unique frescoes. A Renaissance paintings more than 200 years before Leonardo’s. Milena - a very erudite and polite guide, made the tour for us unforgettable. This is a must see place in Sofia. Words can not describe the beauty and the importance of the place.
  • Beautiful small Bulgarian church in the Boyana district near Sofia. Entrance fee is quite high for what you get. Only the lower level chapel can be visited for 10 minutes only. A digital presentation movie or pictures) about the upper level chapel and the surroundings can be an added value.
  • I was pleasantly surprised how low-key this site is. Lovely garden, very helpful guides who are clearly passionate about the place. The art is impressive! Be sure to ask questions :)
  • Beautiful well preserved church. It is located in a garden. So peaceful and nice. It’s a must to visit this place when visit Sofia. So deep and rich the history of this church. It is great to spend sometimes to be here to pray and to do some reflection.
  • a must see when you're in Sofia. religious art at it's best. Unique as it is. you're not allowed to take pictures of the fresco's.

Plan your trip to Sofia

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.