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. Plan my Sofia trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • The contrast of styles is amazing and more in the very heart of Sofia. Highly recommended for the rich history not only of the site if not the whole country!
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  • Anazing that this building survived 2000years, in the last century well hidden between absurd big communist buildings  more »
  • It is a bit difficult to find The Rotunda, but it is definitely with the effort. This is one of the older Christian churches I have ever visited. It is small, modest and intimate. I was touched by the...  more »
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  • Another must see. One of the earliest Christian churches in the Balkins. Has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Was turned into a mosque. Worth a few minutes. Definitely read the plaques for information or it isn't as meaningful. Walk around the exterior ruins.
  • Things around Sophia are as old as you can imagine. This little church for instance. It is worth seeing. I haven't had the chance to go into it, but I recommend at least stopping by it. You won't regret it.
  • A very lovely church. It's small, but extremely rooted in history. A must visit when you come to Sofia. It's easily reached from Serdica metro station, which in turn is easily reached from the airport by metro. The church is quite hidden, surrounded by a big complex building which looks like a giant chocolate bar from the main road. Try to find the entry gate, you can see the church from outside the gate of chocolate-bar-shape building (Ministry of Education and Science). You can also go to Banya Bashi mosque on the north, cross the street from the underground tunnel.
  • A small, round church from the days of Constantine. There are frescos from different periods but only the later ones can be appreciated. No photography was permitted. The church is surrounded by large, administrative buildings. The Soviets were reluctant to destroy this ancient iconic church so they hid it.
  • Small but remarkable! It is a beautiful temple, inside it is very small but causes contirion to the visitor. During our visit we bumped into a memorial service so we did not get to explore much. Inside the church there is a souvenir shop (!)
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