Saint Sofia Church, Sofia

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Sixth-century Saint Sofia Church gave its name to the city. Built on the necropolis of the ancient city of Serdika, the church is one of the most valuable pieces of early Christian architecture in southeastern Europe. According to popular lore, St. Sophia's miraculous powers protected the building over the centuries, withstanding Turks and earthquakes. Walk on floors covered with early Christian ornamental flora- and fauna-themed mosaics. See the icons depicting Sophia, the Divine Wisdom, portrayed as a young figure of Christ seated on a rainbow. For Saint Sofia Church and beyond, use our Sofia tour planner to get the most from your Sofia vacation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    One of the city's oldest churches. City was named for Saint Sofia. There is an museum underneath with a lot of tombs and the remains of other churches. There is an interesting film which details the m...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    It is the oldest church in Sofia, which gives the city its name. The Interior is bare, but very bright. You can visit the dungeons where there are beautiful mosaics which are still working.
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  • August 12, 2017
    This Early Christian church was built in 6th century by the Romans on the ground where Roman amphiteather used to be and the Counsil of Serdica had to be taken its place. It passed through several rec...  more »

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