Saint Sofia Church

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  • 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, Museums, History Museums, Historical Site, Monument, Tourist Center, Family And Kids

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.

  • Disability accessible

  • Metro red line stop "St.. Kliment Ohridski "
  • There may be other local transport options. Ask the locals for info

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  • Saint Sofia Church Address: ul. Paris 2, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Saint Sofia Church Contact Number: +359-29870971
  • Saint Sofia Church Timing: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saint Sofia Church Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Saint Sofia Church(preferred time): 07:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Saint Sofia Church: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Sofia include Saint Sofia Church in their plan

  • 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

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

52.91% of people prefer walking in order to reach Saint Sofia Church

People normally club together Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski and National Museum Of Natural History while planning their visit to Saint Sofia Church.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • 6th century incredible church. Offers a lovely juxtaposition to the glitzy gold and giant other religious buildings around Sofia. The brick work is amazing inside and out and the crypt is definitely worth a visit. The underground old mosaic flooring is impressive and the information panels about Constantine the Great and other Sofia history are well worth a read.

  • 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.

  • The church itself is, of course, majestic. The negative review goes to the irresponsible staff that made the decision to keep the necropolis open while there was a power outage resulting in very low lighting of the entire underground floor and in complete absence of signage towards the exit. After only a few minutes in there, the place became so claustrophobic that it caused my husband to have a panic attack for the first and only time in his life and it took us an exhausting amount of time to find our way out after having to push through people in the narrow aisles of the underground level. We were so looking forward to this visit, but it turned out to be a rather traumatic experience. 20.9.2016

  • The Basilica of St. Sophia has this ancient vibe, but more amazingly is the fact that there is a whole necropolis beneath it. This is the 5th building layout.

  • 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

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