Leaving Sofia and driving to Plovdiv, we decided to stop at the Boyana Church and were glad that we did. Though the atmosphere is really not conducive for visitors, it is understandable. They let in only 8 people at a time and you can only stay 10 minutes. The woman inside who monitors the groups did her best to provide information, but it is wise to read up ahead of time so that you can spend your time looking at the beautiful frescoes. The church is quite small and you can view the frescoes close up. While lots of churches have frescoes, what makes this one amazing is the layers! You can clearly see several layers of frescoes on the same walls showing the different styles due to changing times. We really would have liked to spend more time there and certainly be able to take some interior photos, but we were glad that we stopped.
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