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The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi), Sofia

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Architectural Building
Hear priests chant in the old Slavic language and sing Byzantine music while performing the daily liturgy at The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi). The Romans built the red-brick rotunda--the oldest building in Sofia--in the fourth century CE, presumably on the site of a pagan temple. A modern hotel was built around the church in the 1950s, and in the courtyard you can see the contrast between the opulence of the huge hotel and the humility of the small church. The church is famous for its 12th- to 14th-century frescoes. Twenty-two large figures of prophets crown the central dome around the image of Christ. As you exit the church, wander around the neighboring ruins of the ancient town of Serdika. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Sofia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This little brick church is something of a surprise, tucked into a courtyard formed by grand government buildings which tower above it. There's an archaeological site in front of it. It's a pretty chu...  more »
  • The ancient church stands in the middle of old Roman foundations and a section of Roman - unfortunately there is little in writing there for the tourist so take a good tour book with you. I found many...  more »
  • This is the oldest building in Sofia that is still in ~1 piece. It is approximately 17 centuries old.  more »
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  • The oldest standing building in Sofia, dating back to the Roman Empire. It's now an acting church and an absolute must see for both foreign tourists and guests of the capital, including those that permanently live here :)
  • An untouched, historic church in the inner courtyard of the presidential palace. During evenings it's nice to sit down with your loved one and enjoy the summer nights.
  • its an small magical place hidden between the government buildings, worth the checking
  • Ancient church. Worth a visit
  • Right in the center of govt of Bulgaria presidential office. It is good to know that in ccountry has managed to preserve it in the midst of all political chaos it has been through in last several years.