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“UNESCO World Heritage in a little grove near Sofia”
Review of Boyana Church

Boyana Church
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Sofia Full-Day Tour
Ranked #5 of 170 things to do in Sofia
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Owner description: 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.
Naples, Italy
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“UNESCO World Heritage in a little grove near Sofia”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

in a small grove lies the splendid church of Boyana, where a sympathetic narrator guide will introduce you, under lock and key, to admire the beautiful frescoes that he said oldest, but pictorially more modern than Giotto's.18 scenes in the narthex depict the life of Saint Nicholas. The painter here drew certain aspects of contemporary lifestyle. The portraits of the patrons of the church — Sebastocrator Kaloyan and his wife Desislava, as well as those of Bulgarian tsar Constantine Tikh and Tsaritsa Irina, are thought to be among the most impressive and lifelike frescoes in the church, and are located on the north wall of the church.
The monument was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

Visited September 2012
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“A fascinating little church.”
Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

We visited the church as part of a combined tour with Rila Monastery. The main attraction is the frescoes which portray religious themes in a way far ahead of their time (use of movement and perspective, portrayal of real historical figures). You can only stay in for about ten minutes in a small group as they are concerned about preserving the frescoes, but it is still well worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
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Sanaa, Yemen
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“Great old church!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Another great old church. Yes, there are a lot of them but everyone is different. We all need to know more of our history.

Visited July 2013
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Hjoerring, Denmark
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“This is History”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia. The frescos of this delicate UNESCO site were really outstanding especially if you have to account when they were made. It was impressive to see fusion of religious and and mundane aspects in the frescos of the church. It is really commendable that the number of people going in is being controlled.

No entrance fee on Mondays. :)

Visited July 2013
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“artistically important”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This church is a masterpiece regarding the frescoes inside, they are considered exceptional in the context of both Bulgaria and Europe. May be combined with a hike in Vitosha.

Visited August 2012
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