Saint Sofia Church1265 Votes Currently Open
- 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, Museums, History Museums, Historical Site, Monument
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 Travel Tips
- Disability accessible
How to Reach Saint Sofia Church
- Metro red line stop "St.. Kliment Ohridski "
- There may be other local transport options. Ask the locals for info
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82.79% 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