Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, Sofia

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The Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was created between 1901 and 1902 through the conversion of an abandoned Ottoman mosque, and was inaugurated on 27 July 1903. The church is named after Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples, known in the Orthodox Church collectively as the Sedmochislenitsi.The so-called Black Mosque was built in 1528 on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent with the intention to be more impressive and beautiful than the Christian churches in the city. The mosque is popularly attributed to the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, although this is uncertain. It was constructed at the place of a former nunnery of the Rila Monastery and an Early Christian temple from the 4th-5th century, the ruins of which were excavated in 1901. An even older construction, a pagan temple of Asclepius from Roman Serdica, was also discovered in the mosque's foundations.The 25 m-long mosque had a square shape and a large lead-covered dome. The mosque was initially known as the Koca Mehmed Pasha Mosque after Mehmed-paša Sokolović. Another name was the İmaret Mosque after the imaret, a kitchen for the poor located in the vicinity, the ruins of which were found in 1912. A madrasah, a Muslim religious school, was located in what is now the small garden between the modern church and the Count Ignatiev School. The madrasah was later used as a prison after the Liberation of Bulgaria. Other Ottoman constructions nearby included a caravanserai and a hammam.
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  • Located at the end of a parked that is lined with market stalls, all adds to the prettiness of the area, The church was once a mosque, there interior is covered in beautiful painting. Definitely worth...  more »
  • Sofia and Sultan Suleiman the magnificent commissioned Mimar Sinan by the originally translated from church to church mosque in 1903. The interesting Mosque built a monastery is said to be in the same place.
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  • It is located South-East from the Centre of Sofia Church. Around the big circular dome has a small Tower, built quite distinctive.
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  • A typical Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox church. It's very pretty on the inside. If you're in the neighborhood you should definitely stop in.
  • This is a beautiful church. We arrived at the end of a lovely service.
  • As far as I know it was a turkish mosque but when we got rid of them some patriots rebuilt it for us. Amazing Icons inside. I like the garden also, it is where I grew up as a child.
  • Beautiful and beautifully maintained church. Small and manageable with vibrant but not overbearing space. The garden around is is alive with locals all day long and well into the night. A pleasing spot the city center.
  • nice church. go touristic site
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