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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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  • The underground museum is a must when visiting Sophia. It has been beautifully done and so informative.  more »
  • Underground museum is a must visit while in Sofia. Historically significant. Cheap admission fee. Worth every pennies.  more »
  • Obviously a popular destination for tourists as the carpark was packed with tour buses, which does detract from this beautiful building. The interior is covered with painted frescoes and lit by magnif...  more »

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Set yourself up for easy and convenient access to Sofia's historical core and its most popular tourist sites by staying in an upscale hotel in the city center. While you'll find some hotels on the main boulevard, look for modern hotels off the main streets to keep costs lower. Staying outside the center in the outlying neighborhoods means you'll need to use public transportation, but the network is extensive and accommodation prices farther out are lower. For a real budget-friendly option, consider staying in a hostel; the city boasts a wide array of these, many of which include breakfast.
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