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Address: 1-3 Boyansko Ezero St., Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
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+359 2 959 0939

Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old....

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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Church is magical - just wish I had different guide

Church is magical - just wish I had different guide. Listened to other guides when outside( limited to max 10 minutes in church) who were more informative

Reviewed June 12, 2016
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Church is magical - just wish I had different guide. Listened to other guides when outside( limited to max 10 minutes in church) who were more informative

Thank ladybegood
Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

I would highly recommend going to this place in the morning, which will not have many people. You can only stay for 10 minutes and only 8 people are allowed at the same time. It's really amazing that the frescos and murals are still there from the 11th and 13th century. Don't forget to buy a combo ticket with the... More 

Thank Fanlao
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2016

If you like ancient art, this is a must. This little church dates back to the 11th century. Only small groups of 10 people can get in at the same time, and you can only stay 10 minutes (literally). Having a guide is optional and costs extra. Honestly, most of the guide book already have some info, and you should... More 

Thank Carles_MAA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

This is out of town and though humanly possible by public transport (tram then bus) just get a taxi. Small but perfectly formed would be the phrase. We were lucky enough to have the grand daughter of the French Byzantine expert who publicised the importance of the church as the guide inside and who answered our queries with enthusiasm and... More 

Thank Steve W
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Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

This very small church is near the National Historical Museum so both could be visited in a few hours. The murals are extremely interesting especially if you have a guide or literature explaining them. Best to reserve a time to visit the church as only 8 can go inside for 10 minutes. If a tour has booked a visit you... More 

Thank Monty1424
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Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great originally preserved medieval church,the surrounding place is also fantastic-centuries old trees,infront the building is the tomb of one of Bulgarian qeens.

Thank A D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is a tiny - and I mean tiny - church. It is a World Heritage site but is in a very unassuming location accessed by bus. The entry is quite expensive by Bulgarian standards but for the uniqueness of what you will see it is totally worth it. You have to be escorted into the church which was locked... More 

Thank jivebanana
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Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Access to the church is restricted by ticket and for 10 minutes only. The guide inside was wonderful. You can get there by number 64 or 107 bus from central Sophia. A taxi is only about 8 Lev from the centre too.... The frescos while painted in the 12th and 13th centuries look more like those from much later....one of... More 

Thank Heather M
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This place is an easy 15-minute and 8 lev cab ride from Sofia's centre. It's in a peaceful, lovely area and it's pleasant to stroll around the grounds, which were nearly deserted when we went this afternoon. There are no pics allowed inside, which gives me side-eye considering you're paying 10 lev a person to enter. Anyway, the frescoes are... More 

Thank genibre69
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We went to the national museum first and bought a combo ticket for 12 lev. Worth a visit and plenty of english explanation. Get a taxi or bus 107 to Boyana. It's uphill and a fair distance. Only 10 allowed in at Boyana at any time and no English info so read up before u come. Just stunning inside the... More 

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