Church of Saint Sophia

Church of Saint Sophia, Nessebar

Church of Saint Sophia
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Ancient Ruins • Churches & Cathedrals
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globetrotter55
Bucharest, Romania2,378 contributions
Jul 2021
the walls are quite impressive, despite of their age - or maybe because of that
touching the walls means to touch twelve centuries of history, but the first church was even older, from the sixth century

the place is the heart of the city, and is very loved for taking pictures, or maybe just to enjoy the place, trying to imagine the long ago people, right there, where you rest on the walls ruins

it's a must to spend a while there; if you feel emotions, it's ok, you are so lucky and sensitive, do not panic
Written July 25, 2021
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
May 2021
The Church of St Sophia, a.k.a. the Old Bishopric, was built in the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 6th centuries at the center of the ancient town, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although only parts of the walls are preserved, it can be anticipated that it was a beautiful church. Because of its central location in the old town, you can't miss it and take a look when you are passing by.
Written May 30, 2021
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Anngelic.com
Sweden133 contributions
Jul 2020
We had all the time in the world to walk around and explore the ruins of the church of St Sophia, taking our pictures and enjoying the feel of the old architecture of this magical building from the 5th century. Just as we were finished and sat down for a cup of morning coffee the busses with tourists arrived, but they didn't stay long. I'm guessing their guided tour had them scheduled for another site within just a short period of time. Our luck. We could just sit there, listening to the morning sounds as the old town of Nessebar awoke.
Written October 10, 2020
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Oct 2019
Very busy ruins in a prime spot along the standard tourist trail through Old Nessebar. I sat at a cafe and had a coffee and watched people interact with the ruins. Very beautiful ruins and much easier to photograph later in the day when the large bus/cruise tour groups have left Nessebar.
Written August 31, 2020
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,705 contributions
Aug 2020
The remains of an ancient Byzantine basilica, built in the 5th century. Now only the side walls of the basilica remain, but it is still worth visiting the place which is very interesting. It is located in the very center of Old Nessebar.
Written August 7, 2020
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Spotter S
Prague, Czech Republic782 contributions
Jul 2020
The spirit of history! Very nice place to visit. Little bit hard to make pictures without people, but possible. Beautiful atmosphere of the place!
Written July 27, 2020
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parviz ghadamli
Tehran, Iran1,637 contributions
Jun 2019
this church was built for bishop.but at now is a ruin church.at now you can sit there and close your eyes and think about when this church was crowed from prayer people and was very noisy.it worth to come here and visit.
Written October 29, 2019
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Rouvareissussa
Helsinki, Finland22 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Nice stop by, when we walk around oldtown.
Real ruin and no entry fee.
Nice shops nearby.
Good to visit if you are nearby
Written October 25, 2019
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ChristineM50
Billingham, UK446 contributions
Sep 2019
Although this church is now in ruins you can still get of feel of how beautiful it was when built. It was originally built for a Bishop, and a board gives information about the original church. It is a shame that so many parents were allowing their children to climb these ruins just for a photo opportunity, with so little respect for its origins.
Written September 29, 2019
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Steve D
Preston, UK380 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
They are just ruins but they are worth seeing. The old town is full of ruins and old churches but they don’t detract from the beauty of the narrow cobblestone streets and mix of tourist shops and craft shops. Small bars and shaded seating. Perfect place to spend a day or evening wandering around
Written September 26, 2019
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