Boyana Church, Sofia

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Boyana Church - A Quick Overview


Address: ул. Боянско езеро 3, Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: +359-29590939

Ticket Price: 5 EUR

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

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About Boyana Church, Sofia

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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Boyana Church, Sofia Reviews

  • The church is spectacular. The experience was an epic fail. First, it's all Bulgarian. People, this is a World Heritage Site!!! English is the global language. It should be standard, STANDARD, that all signage and employees are bilingual. The sign suggests English tours available but I was firmly and gruffly told no, twice. Who knows if they understood? Oh, and smiles only happen when they see money, if then. The woman specialist doesn't care whose turn it is. If you want to maintain your place in line you will have to battle it out with those who insist on ruining it for the rest of us by sneaking around the back way to get to the front. The experience ruined the beauty of the church. (then someone has the audacity to say this happens everywhere in Europe. Um, no. I live in Munich. Traveled extensively. First I've seen of it.)

  • A small church that used to be a family chapel, however it was later re-decorated with frescoes on top of the old brick walls. You can distinctly see the different layers from the church's past. The inside is rather small so only a group of 10 are allowed.

  • This could be a govermental tourist trap. 10 leva per person is rubbery. Church is 2 kitchen size. Do not waste time!!!

  • It is a UNESCO heritage site. Very small church with 8 people access at once due to the protection of the church inside. Freco is quite impressive. Enterance fee is 15LB per person.

  • Quite expensive to enter the church at 10 lev. Not allowed pictures inside the church. But informative guide answers questions in English. Lots of 13th century religious paintings inside this very small church. It has a 19th century annex to house more people, but stopped being used as a church in 1954. Worth a look if you don't mind paying the steep entrance fee.

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