Boyana ChurchCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- Address: ул. Боянско езеро 3, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +359-29590939
- Ticket Price: 5 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Museum, History Museum, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Boyana Church - Review
When this church’s was first built in the 11th century at the foot of Mt Vitosha, no one could have predicted how important it would become. At that time, only the eastern building stood. Later, when a two story structure was erected next to it in the 13th century. It’s walls were painted with frescoes – these are now some of the most important Eastern European medieval paintings existing, a collection of 80 images of 249 human figures. The final section of the church was built in the 19th century.
The church also houses the national museum, which focuses on regional art, culture and history.
Boyana Church Information
- Entry is restricted to 10people at a time for 10 minutes – the lines can be excruciatingly long
- Photography not allowed
How To reach Boyana Church by Public Transport
- Bus #64 and #107; minibus #21 stop nearby
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Things to Know Before Visiting Boyana Church
95% of people who visit Sofia include Boyana Church in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
74.94% of people start their Boyana Church visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Boyana Church
93.24% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Boyana Church
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Boyana Church, Sofia Reviews
A bit underwhelming if I can speak my opinion and not have it seem blasphemous. All the guide books and reviews really hype this place up I think, and yes, the interior is remarkable for how old it is, but I guess I just didn't get that "awe" feeling.
Boyana Church is quite small and out of the way, but is a nice place to visit if you are interested in medieval art and want to get out of the city. It is also a good starting point for hikes. Is Boyana church worth the 10 leva? I'd say no; but it is for free on Mondays after 15:00.
On the heritage list so a pretty cool visit in itself. They only take cash payment and you get 10 min inside with a guide and you can’t take pictures inside.
Very small church but with beautiful frescos dating back to 10th and 12th centuries. You do need to book if you want to go inside the church as many groups visit. Best if you go with an experienced guide who can explain the frescos to you otherwise can seem a little meaningless and they have a strict time limit of 10 minutes inside. The grounds of the church a peaceful and relaxing. Best to combine the visit here with Rila monastery; and this is the popular combination with tour companies.
Great stop on the way to Boyana waterfall. There are cute restaurants with a nice view nearby.