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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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  • Paradise found archaeological interest ... But, the prepoysa is given importance to restoration and to courtyard, there are chalasmata in walls and garbage close from ayloporta. Strange, why, Sofia is a great hotel town in terms of cleanliness.
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  • How were inside other buildings almost lost me this attraction. The current good state of conservation that is frankly almost struggle to understand the oldest building in Sofia
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  • This red brick Church takes you unexpectedly in a courtyard behind the Presidential Palace, amid majestic modern buildings. It is considered the oldest building in Sofia and dates back to the days of the Roman emperors Galerius and Constantine. Behind the apse there is an archaeological complex right in the middle of which, curiously, is set in an elevated position a bench on which you can sit down to rest and look around. Inside, there are three layers of frescoes, from different periods, and even a small fragment of arabesques of the period in which the Church had been converted into a mosque.
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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.