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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.
1-3 Boyansko Ezero St., Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
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All reviews unesco world heritage medieval art amazing frescoes national history museum worth the trip vitosha mountain wall paintings different periods entry fee well worth the visit public transport piece of history worth the effort city centre bulgarian history visiting sofia century
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a tour company that shuttled us to this church. It was gorgeous. Very small--not a lot of people are allowed to enter since the inside is so small. Inside is gorgeous with all kinds of colorful frescoes. Worth the trip!!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky to have a private tour as the site restricts the number of visitors at any one time to enter the church to protect the frescoes and the small space. This meant there was only myself and the guide in the small chapel....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Unesco World Heritage Site of the Boyana Church is a church dating 10-11th century. It is near Sofia and very easy to reach it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pmpetrov
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we walked from the centre for that sense of arrival and it was worth it. Beautiful and astounding church with very friendly and knowledgeable guide and it being january we were the only people there. Not to be missed.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jeremyn_11
Reviewed January 11, 2019

Very unique and remarkable. I have not seen frescoes like this before and its even more impressive considering how old are they.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank RachellRachell
Reviewed January 11, 2019

The Unesco World Heritage Site of the Boyana Church (entrance 5 leva), an amazing 10-11th century church with incredible frescoes dating to the 11th to the 17th centuries, though the most important ones were from 1259. They were really interesting as they dissociated themselves from...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

We stopped at this church after our tour of the Rila Monastery. While small, we really enjoyed the frescoes. Couldn't take pictures and entrance is time controlled, but it was worth the wait.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

The Boyana church complex is small but amazing place. The church is situated in a small park with century old trees and the church itself is really small so there is a limit of people who can be inside at the same time. Our guide...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Not on our to do list, but it was included in a day trip to Rila with Traventuria. The interior frescoes are wonderful, be sure to include this on your itinerary.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank escott4417
Reviewed December 31, 2018

This chirch is indeed a unique piece of art. You should see it with your own eyes. I am sure that you will enjoy it!

Date of experience: November 2018
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May 11, 2017|
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Response from elzevirog | Reviewed this property |
You need nt any half day tour but nly half day to visit Boyana s Church;I suggest you to get a taxi or public bus.
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October 5, 2016|
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Response from lub0g | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I've seen it now, It's bus number 204 and after that bus 64.
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Island of Malta, Malta
itinerary (1 Reply)
Hi I have two options which would like to discuss Is two full days and one half day enough if i plan First day: Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery and surrounding (with Bus shuttle) Second day: Boyana Church/Waterfall/Vikosha Mountain. (By public transport) and evening Sofia with following morning also Sofia in brief. The 2nd option which comes in handy if the 1st option isnt possible to complete is that i add 2 more full days in bulgaria but i'm not sure what more to see in Bulgaria...More
April 20, 2018|
Response fromspartakt2016|
First option is completely doable, but if you choose to stay more you can make day trips to Plovdiv and Koprivshtitza.
Sydney, Australia
Boyana Church & Where to Stay in sofia question (6 Replies)
Hi - Would love some answers to a couple of questions please: 1. We are planning to drive from sofia to rila monastery and then directly to plovdiv from rila. Will boyana church be en route to rila monastery if we wanted to stop by there first? Also, roughly how long does it take to experience the rila monastery? 2. We are looking at apartments to stay in for our one-night stay in sofia. Because we only have one night, we really would like to be near as many of the key sights as...More
February 23, 2012|
Response fromdoodko|
Hello! 1. Boyana church is in Sofia (Boyana district) and is relatively on your route to Rila Monastery. You won't waste more than 20 min. (in driving, to the church and back to the main road). Check it one the map. 1-2 hours for visiting Rila Monastery is good enough. It could be longer if you intend to visit the museum, go for a walk in region, having lunch etc. 2. Your location is excellent (I would choose "Dondukov" 22 definitely!). "Pri Yafata" is a very good restaurant and very...More
Marija P
Bonn, Germany
Hike to Vitosha from sofia (2 Replies)
Hello all, Me and my Partner are traveling to bulgaria in a few days ( plovdiv and Sofia ) and we love mountains and hiking, unfortunetly we will not have time to go up to the Rile mountains, however we are planning a trip to Vitosha mountain, it being so close to Sofia city. Here is the question... We are there on the weekday and not the weekend, so The lifts, as i understand are not going to be an option, and honestly we preffer the challenging hike more anyways. We are planning to take a...More
July 17, 2018|
Response fromspartakt2016|
Hello, Cherni vrah (Black peak, 2290 m.) is the highest point of Vitosha mountain and to reach it, you have to cross the plateau, which lies around 1800 m. attitude. Golden bridges is a name of a place, where the most interesting thing are a few rivers of stones, and a few places to eat and sleep. It is also a place, where you can start/end a day trip as there is a normal road connecting it to the city. It will actually drive you away from Cherni vrah, considering you are coming from Boyana...More