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Boyana Church

1-3 Boyansko Ezero St., Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
+359 2 959 0939
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Ranked #4 of 59 Attractions in Sofia
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. The church houses the...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This very tiny church that was build in the 10th/11th century is very well preserved and protected by Unesco. It is just outside Sofia city, but can be reached by car, bus or taxi. The inside of the church (displaying very nice frescoes from the 13th century) can only be visited with a guide. I think you need to to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It is near Sofia city and there i can go only with taxi and it is cost too much. Church was very beauty under snow. Nice inside yard.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This little church is beautiful, full or art dating back to the 11th century. The drive is beautiful up to the church and ambiance is surreal. Take your loved one or friends, you will find this teeny church is magnificent.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Great place to learn about 11th, 13th and 19th century in one place. Entrance is 10Lv. If you're a student, its 2Lv

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This must be the tiniest church in the world but the painted walls make me feel grateful that this church was saved from being pulled down! Cab to see it cost no more than £10 from the other side off town so great value! If your in the area stop off to see it and remember it's part of history.

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Genoa, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The so called Sistine chapel of the Balkans is a small church with some frescos of little interest and almost no artistic value. Go to the real Sistine chapel instead (or to History museum nearby, which is a wonder!)

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The Boyana church is not that easy to get to, as it is on the outskirts of Sofia. Taxis are cheap. I was expecting a large place, much like a small cathedral, or one of the Orthodox churches dotted throughout Sofia. This place is small. There ia an admission charge, and there is also a guidebook in your language. Buy... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The art in this church represents an incredible advance in art over previous ages. The people represented look three dimensional, realistic, and show emotion. This is not something that you want to miss if you visit Sofia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The church is located on the footsteps of Vitosha mountain where the beauty of nature settle, I enjoyed the silence of the place away from the crowded town, the church itself is a master piece with its frescoes, when you go there look at the eyes of the saints painted on the wall, they are almost not found, when I... More 

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