Boyana ChurchCurrently Closed
- 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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Boyana Church, Sofia Reviews
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.
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.)
The church is set at the base of the mountains on some lovely wooded grounds. There is a pretty little gate and a large, redwood tree that was a gift from the king. The outside of the church is set back from the entrance and is picturesque. The inside is very small but the frescos are stunning. The entrance area was built in the 19th century. The first area that is fresco'ed was a 13th century addition and the last portion, the original part, was built in the 10th century. The building was an active church until the 1950s. I would like to have seen some descriptions of the frescos. Either a fact sheet or a short lecture. The temperature and humidity are carefully controlled so as to help preserve the frescos. Only 8 people are allowed in at a time. We walked from the Museum of History. It's a long, uphill walk. I don't recommend it. The 64 bus will get you pretty close. The best way to get there would be a car or taxi. It's a must see.
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!!!
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