Saint Sofia Church

Saint Sofia Church

Saint Sofia Church
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Basia_Poznan
Poznan, Poland69 contributions
A modest treasure
Aug 2021
A church that looks quite modest in comparison to the neighbouring Nevski Cathedral is 900 years older and presents precious piece of history under the ground. with the ruins of previous churches (built one on the other) and ancieent thombs.
Written August 21, 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,484 contributions
Ancient early christian church
Oct 2020
A very ancient early Christian church built on the remains of even older churches. Under the church there are several tombs, which are accessible to visitors, and the entrance is from the side.
Written November 3, 2020
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Joost G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands655 contributions
Worth the visit
Jul 2020 • Couples
Small church right across from the Nevsky cathedral (2m walk). Interior nothing too impressive (all brick, no frescoes) yet the necropolis it’s build on definitely worth a look (stairs in the left when coming in). It’s a 6 BGN fee for adults.
Written July 13, 2020
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Brian P
Manama, Bahrain487 contributions
Underground museum
Jan 2020 • Friends
Although very plain looking from outside this place shouldn't be missed. Underground you can walk through the ancient ruins etc.

Written January 25, 2020
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Caroline
15 contributions
Don't miss the underground
Jan 2020
This church has an amazing history and is built on an old Roman necropolis. It is well worth taking the time to watch the video of the history of the church in order to really appreciate it and to have a wander among the ancient tombs underneath.
Written January 17, 2020
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Nikolai Atanassov
Brussels, Belgium42 contributions
Early Byzantine gem
Nov 2019
This 6th century church is considered to have given the name Sofia to the city (meaning Holy Wisdom), and is a fine example of early Byzantine architecture. The crypt can also be visited for a small fee and contains the remains of early Christian tombs (3rd to 5th centuries) discovered during excavations under the church floor.
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Written December 9, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK608,559 contributions
Stunning church.
Dec 2019 • Friends
Located a stones throw from the magnificent St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Saint Sophia Church which is not only one of the most beautiful churches in Sofia but also its second oldest.
This beautiful church stands on the site of several previous religions buildings dating back to the Roman times when this was a Roman settlement called Serdica.
Constructed during the reign of Byzantine emperor Justinian III in the 6th century ( 527 - 565 ) ,during the times of the 2nd Bulgarian Empure ( 14th - 16th century ) the church was granted the status of a Metropolitan church but during the times of the Ottoman rule was briefly turned into a mosque until they were expelled.
To me on my first visit to Sofia, first visit to Bulgaria it was a beautiful church to behold, you can see the age of the church, its stunning and set in such beautiful grounds, in the grounds of Saint Sofia Church is the Memorial To The Unknown Warrior guarded by a well detailed Lion,great setting,beautiful church.
I just loved every thing about my visit to this church which is easy to locate on Ul.Parizh,most definitely well worth checking out, it's just a stones throw from St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Written December 3, 2019
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,008 contributions
Sofia on the Hill
Nov 2019
This church, dating back to the 4th century, albeit in quite a number of incarnations, is the church that gave its name to the present-day city. Our tour guide said that it was the landmark on the hill that could be seen from all over the old city and was used as a reference point - "head for Sophia". It does not have a particularly striking interior but does have an underground museum and a crypt complex of ancient tombs and burial chambers and remains of the various churches that have occupied this spot over the past 16 centuries. Less imposing than its neighbouring cathedral but vastly more important in the historical context.
Written November 27, 2019
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hoosierscience
Jeffersonville, IN220 contributions
Across from St. Alexander Nevski
Oct 2019
This is the heart of Sofia. The first church and its a quiet spot. It is not as pretentious, but the spirituality is here. The priests are willing to spend time with you and they open to questions.
Written November 25, 2019
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Sladjana P
Novi Sad, Serbia67 contributions
Downtown of Sofia
Nov 2019
Near Alensandar Nevski church. You MUST go down in the crypts. The city is evidently named after this church. I was at Thursday and entrance was free. by walking you will found a presentations and explanations so you will have all needed information.
Written November 24, 2019
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