Saint Sofia ChurchCurrently Closed
- Address: ul. Paris 2, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +359-29870971
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Monument, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
Saint Sofia Church - Review
Though overshadowed in size by the nearby Alexander Nevski church, the Saint Sophia church is far more important to the city’s history. It was built in the 6th century on the site of some even older churches, and an ancient necropolis. During its hay-days in the 14th century, the church’s fame was so great that it conferred it’s own name to the city – the city of Serdika became the city of Sophia! It’s suffered some serious damage though – its famed wall paintings and some of its floor mosaics were destroyed by the Ottomans, and it’s minaret by a number of 19th century earthquakes.
The monument of an unknown warrior stands next to the church as a symbol of all those who’ve ever given their lives fighting for Bulgaria. The grave of the Bulgarian national writer Ivan Vazov is in the southwest garden of the church. Today, it’s a highly popular church for weddings and baptisms.
The church also houses the Museum of the Necropolis – there is a fee to see that.
Saint Sofia Church Information
- Disability accessible
How To reach Saint Sofia Church by Public Transport
- Metro red line stop "St.. Kliment Ohridski "
- There may be other local transport options. Ask the locals for info
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Things to Know Before Visiting Saint Sofia Church
95% of people who visit Sofia include Saint Sofia Church in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
54.38% of people start their Saint Sofia Church visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Saint Sofia Church
52.91% of people prefer walking in order to reach Saint Sofia Church
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Saint Sofia Church, Sofia Reviews
It probably doesn't get as much attention because of the nearby Cathedral, but this place has a lot of history and a lot to see. Head over the far left upon entering to get to the entrance to the crypt area. Lots of good things to see down there before returning to the main level and admiring the church for what it is.
One of the most interesting things visited in Sofia. Specifically, in the underground of the church there is the archeological area. Two floors of Roman building archeological remains. more interesting than the church itself. Being beside the Alexander Nevaki Carhedral, you cannot miss a visit to the Sveta Sofia Church
A must see while in Istanbul. Get a guided tour to avoid the lines. The guides have badges and are at the entrance
A small and ancient church. We didn't get to see much of it because a wedding was about to take place. I will have to go back. Downstairs there is access to an excavation. There is a short, informative film. Most of what you can see if old tombs. Towards the end of the passages there are some remnants of mosaic floors. The entrance fee was rather high (around $6.00 per person) and they wanted an additional 15 leva (about $10.00) to take pictures. It's hard to actually recommend the excavation site but if you go don't waste your money on the pictures.
Beautiful made underground archeological site. The story could be told more clear.