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The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi), Sofia

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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 tiny ancient Orthodox Church is practically hidden in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace! Together with Roman foundations and a legacy of the ancient history of Sofia
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  • The church in iteslf is quite interesting but as well the ruins at the rear of the church are quite fascinating (if explained to you). Our guide provided excellent commentary, 
  • Rotonda of St. George located in the courtyards, not on main street. And without our guide we would hardly saw her. Rotonda of St. George was built back in the 4th century. During the Ottoman rule was turned into a mosque. Already in the 20th century were found in three layers of frescoes painted in the period of Turkish rule. The oldest frescoes belong to the 10th century. The Church is not only a museum. Regular services are held in it.
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  • 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.
  • Ancient. If you go inside it looks like inside a nutshell in good sense. Around this temple you see modern buildings - but the temple is left untouched by the civilization of future.
  • I was lucky to have visited while a service was going on. Unlike other churches, no one stopped me from taking pictures. The building is small but the frescoes within the dome are a must-see. There is signage in different languages explaining the architecture and paintings. There is no cost to visit it.
  • Nice church, shows how everything was build years ago.
  • Very old and very beatyful.
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