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“Oldest church in Sofia”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Saint Sofia Church

Saint Sofia Church
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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour
Ranked #9 of 166 things to do in Sofia
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Reno, NV
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“Oldest church in Sofia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Located adjacent to the imposing Alexsandur Nevski church, the relatively plain Saint Sofia Church is worth a visit. It's the oldest church in Sofia, dating back to the 6th century, and the city takes its name from this church. The plain brick interior walls are a refreshing change from the typical icon covered walls of most churches. Take note of the bells hanging in the tree outside the front door; it's said they hang there because there's no bell tower, and churches built later than this one required bells. Also, take a moment to visit the tomb of the unknown soldier, on the right side of the church facing Nevski plaza, honoring the dead from WW I.

Visited October 2012
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“another interesting church in Sofia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

There are several churches and religious buildings. I like churches and they are so close together that i think it is worth visiting.

this one is very old and more humble than the rest. Like the St. Nikolas is unpretentious, but significant. take the time to read more about it or take the tour and transport yourself several centuries to appreciate it. there are some floor decor near the alter and browse through the display windows to learn more about its story and see very old pictures.

if you can, donate something to continue the restorations.

Visited October 2012
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rjukan
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“beautiful church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

We always visit the churches in all the places in Bulgaria We enjoy comparing the different takes on the saints and painting techniques.

Visited October 2012
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Kilmarnock, Scotland
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“Saint Sofia Church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

We came across this one by chance, wandering through the city and what a lovely place it is to view. Well worth a visit if you're in to this sort of thing.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Typical Byzantine church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This church is a typical Byzantine church worth to visit and spend some time on your way to visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral (they are a few 5-10 metres away to each other) If you have seen "St Irene (Aya Irini) Church at Istanbul like me you will feel quite familiar to the building.

Visited September 2012
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