in a small grove lies the splendid church of Boyana, where a sympathetic narrator guide will introduce you, under lock and key, to admire the beautiful frescoes that he said oldest, but pictorially more modern than Giotto's.18 scenes in the narthex depict the life of Saint Nicholas. The painter here drew certain aspects of contemporary lifestyle. The portraits of the patrons of the church — Sebastocrator Kaloyan and his wife Desislava, as well as those of Bulgarian tsar Constantine Tikh and Tsaritsa Irina, are thought to be among the most impressive and lifelike frescoes in the church, and are located on the north wall of the church.
The monument was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
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