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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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  • As all have very striking frescoes, and as in all of them they do not let you or make photos or videos par then sell them photographs of the frescoes. AMEN
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  • We had read that this church had a particularlly good choir, so we chose to attend there for Christmas morning service. The church is gorgeous and the choir was lovely. The choir interacts with the ch...  more »
  • This really nice Church that was founded as a mosque, which later became a prison and finally a church. The outside is very impressive, it almost seems fake. Beautiful inside with a gilded iconostasis. Be careful, though, the pictures inside. Are not permitted, if not for a small price (as do all other churches in the city)
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