Saint Sofia Church, SofiaCurrently Closed
- Address: ul. Paris 2, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +359-29870971
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Monument, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
About Saint Sofia Church, Sofia
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
09 AM - 10 AM
52.55% of people start their Saint Sofia Church visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Saint Sofia Church
53.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Saint Sofia Church
Saint Sofia Church, Sofia Reviews
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.
Of the most beautiful sights! We visited the church on a Sunday morning to attend the Divine Liturgy, instead we bumped into the baptism of a middle-aged man. That was a trully uniwue moment, very special and touching. The inside of the church does not have any hagiographies but its walls are decorated with red bricks, which give it a special character!
This palce has very simple architecure. It does not look at anything extraordinary. We heard that inside there is a museum, and we pay to enter but we get a bit disappointed. At this underground historical place very few thing are preserved. Everything else is built recently and it looks very new and kind of fake. The Bulgarians are very proud of this place but we were not that amused by this place. The interior of the church looks nice and different though, so it is worth a visit. One tip: you can add some information and fliers with explanations to foreign visitors.
Really, really interesting, very hidden, but especially the archeological site in the basement is very interesting! I can definitely recommend it! Prices are as cheap as 10lv for a family, 6lv for an adult and 2lv for students and under 18's..
Very old and of great importance to the city. Go to the tomb with amazing exhibts and ancient mosaic floors. Entrance 6 levas.