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Sveta Petka Samardjiyska

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Address: 2, blvd. Knyaginya Maria Luiza, Sofia, Bulgaria

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A small but very Church in the centre of Sofia. Very old but very well saved. Don't forget to take a look while around the most culturally interesting area of the city.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
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Palermo, Italy
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Palermo, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A small but very Church in the centre of Sofia. Very old but very well saved. Don't forget to take a look while around the most culturally interesting area of the city.

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Albion, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Interesting to see. Very small. I was fascinated by the cross-shaped window over one of the doors but I doubt it's original. No photos allowed inside. Excavation work ongoing next to the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a beautiful little church which, bizarrely, has had a shopping mall and assorted pedestrian walkways built around it. The Monument to Sveta Sofia towers above the church.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This tiny church is an amazing survivor in a very busy junction in the centre of the city. It is about five minutes walk from St Nedelja Church and right next to Tsum. It was built on the foundations of a roman temple in the 14th C and is dedicated to St Petka of the Saddlers. There are some fine... More 

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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We were told this was the oldest church in Sofia. It is free to visit and worth a visit if you are nearby (next to TZUM, the central statue of Sophia and the metro station).

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our guide told us that sometimes, staff might try to ask you to pay an admission fee but please note all entry to churches is free. But of course, it's always preferred if you make a willing contribution.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Said to be the smallest church that is near the Sheraton Hotel. I am amused about the fact that its so tiny, just perfect for my small Asian frame. I lit a candle and opted to offer some prayer and be bewildered by the structure of it that it lasted for centuries. I loved the exterior but I’m not so... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This church located near the Sheraton Hotel is the oldest in Bulgaria and probably one of the smallest as well. When inside you feel the years of history from the walls. You can seat and burn a candle s it is the only "attraction" there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Worth a visit! It is easy to get to, free, and historical. Cozy. It's easy to imagine what old Sophia must've been like, what with the different ground levels of this church. What was once the roof is now at street level so most of the building is underground.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I've been going to this church since 1973. Small, intimate, quite, very orthodox with beautiful frescos and icons

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