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“A fabulous excursion back into the 11th century”
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Boyana Church
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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.
Sciez, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A fabulous excursion back into the 11th century”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

When I was told we'd be visiting a "small church" - I was dubious but polite. O.K. - I was the visitor, I'd go along. The fact is that this small church dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries and is on the UNESCO World heritage list. And justifiably so. The outside in narrow decorative brick-work is charming and reminded me of certain churches in central and northern Greece. The low shell-shocked door (battered by the Turkish army) leads into an extraordinary interior entirely covered with vivid paintings of saints, apostles, Bible stories and Jesus. From floor to ceiling, the ceilings too You can find these in many places but what takes your breath away are the expressions on the faces of the figures - They are alive with animation - you just KNOW what's going on in their minds. This for the epoque is extremely rare as religious painting was very stylized a thousand years ago. Some repairs were effectuated in the 16th century maintaining the same style. This excursion was indeed a wonderful surprise and I thoroughly recommend a visit. Unfortunately the alotted 10 minutes (only 8 visitors at a time) go far too fast and one is once again out in the graveyard before one has really had time to see every detail.

Visited September 2013
Thank Felicity L
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Wash, D.C.
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

An easy taxi ride out that costs 7.6 lev each way on the meter from the Russia monument (or simply negotiate 10 lev each way). The taxi will wait for you since we found no other taxis in the area (Church is in residential area on edge of Sofia). Church has long history in area and existed when Ottoman turks held the area. The staff is very friendly and enjoyed explaining the history of the frescoes, including the ones painted over the older ones and who each represented and their story.

Visited September 2013
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Merstham, United Kingdom
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“5 Centuries of history”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Very small but fantastic murals preserved so well. The guide was very informative and broght it alive.

Visited August 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A treasure”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

The Boyana church is a unesco heritage and it is worthwhile visiting. It is a small church with historically important paintings inside. There are not too many people allowed to be at the same time in the church. This has the advantage that you really can have a good view on the paintings, on the down side you might need to wait a bit before entering.

Visited July 2013
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Victoria, BC
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“Pretty but not worth it”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The church is pretty but you only get 10 minutes inside so I don't think it's worth the enterance fee and hassle of transporting there.

A big caveat to my review though is that these frescoes are apparently really groundbreaking for their age because some of the figures show emotion. I am not enough of an art efficianato to care but for others that might make it worth it.

Visited September 2013
Thank Pandantics
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