Saint Sofia Church
Saint Sofia Church
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The area
Neighborhood: Serdica
How to get there
  • St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University • 7 min walk
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Abovetheclouds
1,987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I expected more. For me this was OK. I walked around, browsed and left. I didn't bother with the museum downstairs. Free to enter the Church but you have to pay for the museum. Maybe I was tired after visiting multiple religious buildings in the morning before this but I really didn't appreciate this Church.
Written May 1, 2023
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JJ
Berlin, Germany699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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kmaria1202
Baton Rouge, LA238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This church is so interesting! Not only is the interior beautiful, but it rests above centuries-old ruins that are available to tour. If you like ancient history, this church - and what's underneath! - is well worth a visit!! (Plus it's easy to visit because it's so close to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.)
Written September 22, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Incredible large church with red bricks. Free entrance. Inside actually looks modern but amazing to think this was built in 6th Century. There are some ancient ruins on the lower level.
Written May 21, 2023
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA4,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was our next stop after the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
We also went underground through the catacombs / necropolis.
One picture outside, one of altar area, and one of the catacomb are attached.

It was all very interesting and historic.
Written October 7, 2023
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monia71
Treviso, Italy2,479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
After saint george this is considered the second oldest church of the city. Internally is an humble place in accordance with the style of an old orthodox church. The church was going to be transformed into a mosque when an eartquake cracked the Minaret and this was considered a sign of bad luck so It remains a church. Is a very good monument to be visited and very closed to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Very good place
Written January 5, 2019
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Brian P
Manama, Bahrain591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nikolai Atanassov
Brussels, Belgium42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ebonnie M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
The church is small but very historical, as the city got its name from this church. This is the only church that I have visited that has no bell tower, but it appears that the local officials found a solution and it was very interesting. You need to visit to find out the location of the bell. :-))
Written May 28, 2018
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Sophia S
Georgioupolis, Greece744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
It was a very nice surprise which I discovered during my last trip to Sofia, this spring. I had not seen it before, but it was on my list. Although we were caught in a winter-like weather, I still tried to visit some interesting cultural spots. The new church is nice and spacious, with many small decorations to discover. Under this modern building, there is the old byzantine church and the necropolis. It is like an amazing large labyrinth where you can get lost easily. It is really amazing how all those bricks, arcades, stone walls and even old paintings were kept. I found it indeed wonderful and the whole place is like a visit during ancient times, when on the same place was functioning the old Serdica fortress. People can admire there stone paint models such as flowers surrounded by candelabra, clusters, garlands, birds and vaults studded with stars or wonderful rosettes. There are many unknown tombs but also some belonging to people like Honorious. This original religious museum is also connected to the lives of saints Constantine and Helen; thanks to emperor Valerius Constantine' edict, it became forbidden to chase or kill Christians....someone like him would be useful today! What is also known is that he lived on the ancient territory of Bulgaria and that st. Helen's relics rest in our days in Trier and Paris. Besides its spiritual value, this place is amazing if we consider the architecture, the design and colours, historical meaning, the Christian stories and physical heritage...I would say that Bulgaria is lucky to host such a gem on its territory, that became a cultural monastery in 1955. Have safe trips and enjoy Sofia!
Written May 17, 2018
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