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“A Quaint and Interesting Church for those with a Penchant for History and Frescos”
Review of Boyana Church

Boyana Church
Ranked #13 of 213 things to do in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Boyana Church is a unique piece of history. If you are into frescos being described in detail by an avid guide, this is a good place to be. If you prefer something more active either closer to town or on the mountain, this may not be the place for you.

Thank Jim U
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

The paintings are quite breathtaking - we were SO lucky that the church was open - it has very restricted opening times so do check before embarking !

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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.

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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.

Thank Fyrish
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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.

Thank davegm04
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