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Boyana Church

1-3 Boyansko Ezero St., Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
+359 2 959 0939
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Ranked #6 of 67 Attractions in Sofia
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. The church houses the National Museum, which focuses on regional history,... more » Owner description: Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. The church houses the National Museum, which focuses on regional history, art and cultural artifacts. « less
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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This little church is more than meets the eye. Unfortunately, it's not your typical tourist spot, as it actually lies quite away from the city centre, in a quiet residential area on a hill, next to some decrepit old building, school or something like that. The entrance to the church is also quite well hidden and once you manage to... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It's very nice inside but what i liked most was the feeling of the place. the energy is very relaxing and the chickens out back are also fun :D

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It is really old, so you can visit only for a limited time with group, but people who work there really nice and knowledgeable, so you will learn all the history of it in short time and have enough to remember.

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I got a tour from Traventuria to take me to Rila Monastery, and they did a stop at Boyana Church for us! The outside is small and not impressive, but awe-inspiring inside when you observe the frescoes, much well -preserved, dating back to the 10th century! Hard to fathom. I think if you are short on time, Boyana is better... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place is a must for every traveler with a taste of culture and history. The Boyana church is small and looks almost ordinary from the outside, but the real treasure is inside, painted on the walls!! Built in the span of 9 centuries (the oldest parts dating back to the 10th century), the 13th century frescoes are what this... More

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Kyustendil, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The church is very small and you can only go in for a few minutes at a time. Pay the extra for the guide to explain the artwork to you. There is so much that you may miss that the experts know so much about. Amazing last supper painting.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Finally, I had the chance to visit this church! The drawings/icons on the walls are well preserved and it is very interesting to see it! The entrance is 10lv but one can buy a combined ticket Boyana church + National museum (walking distance from the church) for 12 lv which is worth it taking into account that the museum is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Balkan in Sofia. The church is inside the courtyard of the hotel. It is very quiet and peaceful inside. As first time visitors to Sofia, this was our first stop in our tour around Sofia.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Catch Tram No. 4 or 5 from Makedonia Square (пл. Македония). It's a short walk from pedestrian street Blvd. Vitosh. In Google Maps type "Hostel Mostel" to find the square or look for the crossing of Blvd. Hristo Botev and Ul. Alabin I. VI. Fare is 1 Lev. Bring cash as you have to put your 1 Lev coin into... More

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A little outside of Sofia, this small church is worth the trip. The best way to get there is by taxi and it should cost no more than €4 or €5 from central Sofia. The church is small and only a certain number of people are allowed at one time. Some beautiful frescos can be seen inside. It is worth... More

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