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 most interesting detail about this church is its location: it's in the middle of a square, fully surrounded by big buildings, and completely hidden. The inside is also worth a visit  more »
  • The Rotunda of St. George dating from the early 4th century. It is a little hidden, near the Presidential Palace. Archaeological site externally.
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  • This church seems almost to have sunk into the fabric of Sofia. It is very small and clearly very old. With the ancient brickwork and characteristic icons it is well worth a visit. Access is free but ...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a look. In the middle of Government buildings, but just walk through to the inner courtyard where the oldest church in Sofia is situated.
  • It's amazing that such old building was preserved so nicely and that is was discovered by sheer accident. Must see in when in Sofia.
  • “St. George” Rotunda Church is the oldest architectural monument in Sofia and the only building in good repair, intact to the roof, dated as far back as the Roman Empire. Its construction coincides with a moment of a remarkable flourishing of Serdika as one of the largest and most considerable Roman towns on the Balkan Peninsula. 
  • Great place to visit a must see in the city! o lot of history behind
  • A tiny ancient church surrounded by government buildings. The church and ruins outside are worth a visit.

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