The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia

Currently Open [Closes at 06:30 pm]
  • Address: pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +359-29809216
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Observatory, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
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About The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia

This Roman church, built in the 4th century in a square in the ancient town of Serkika, is the oldest building in the city. It’s famous for the frescoes on its walls. The oldest frescoes however, are definitely from Byzantine-Roman times, and are probably as old as the church.

The view of the church from the outside is a little jarring though, seeing how the church is in the courtyard between the Sheraton hotel and the Presidency. Scattered around it are some of Serdika’s ancient ruins. The temple used to part of a larger achaelogical complex. The complex itself is remarkable – it shows evidence of an ingenious drainage and heating system. In the nearby Hotel Rila, the residence of Emperor Constantine I himself was discovered.

The church is still in active use.

The Rotunda Of St George Information

  • Try catching it during the Vespers at 5 pm, the matins at 8 am or the Divine Liturgy at 9 am.

How To reach The Rotunda Of St George by Public Transport

  • Subway Red line— Serdika or Sofia University stop
  • Bus lines 9, 94, 280, 306 — Sofia University stop
  • Trolley bus line 9 — St. Alexander Nevski Square stop
  • Trolley bus lines 1, 2, 4, 11 — Sofia University stop
  • Tramway line 20 — National Opera stop

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Things to Know Before Visiting The Rotunda Of St George

  • 95% of people who visit Sofia include The Rotunda Of St George in their plan

  • 27.37% of people start their The Rotunda Of St George visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Rotunda Of St George

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

81.45% of people prefer walking in order to reach The Rotunda Of St George

People normally club together Sveta Petka Samardjiyska and National Institute Of Archaeology With Museum while planning their visit to The Rotunda Of St George.

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The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia Reviews

  • A small, round church from the days of Constantine. There are frescos from different periods but only the later ones can be appreciated. No photography was permitted. The church is surrounded by large, administrative buildings. The Soviets were reluctant to destroy this ancient iconic church so they hid it.

  • Small but remarkable! It is a beautiful temple, inside it is very small but causes contirion to the visitor. During our visit we bumped into a memorial service so we did not get to explore much. Inside the church there is a souvenir shop (!)

  • Very unique place! Small but very precious church. It is still religiously active so maybe you will need to wait for ceremony to finish in order to fully explore the place. Inside the temple is small but still look ancient. I loved the place so much. It look like from the farytail. Must visit. The entrance is free of charge.

  • Oldest of the city, difficult to be seen if walking though the street because there's a barrier from one bulgarian ministry but for sure you can enter to see it from the outside

  • The Church of St George (Bulgarian: Ротонда „Свети Георги“ Rotonda "Sveti Georgi") is an Early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.[1] It is situated behind the Sheraton Hotel, amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, it is a cylindrical domed structure built on a square base. It is believed that it was built on the site of a pagan temple, though the original purpose of the building was for public use.[1]The building is famous for the 12th-, 13th- and 14th-century frescoes inside the central dome. Three layers of frescoes have been discovered, the earliest dating back to the 10th century. Magnificent frescoes of 22 prophets over 2 metres tall crown the dome. Painted over during the Ottoman period, when the building was used as a mosque, these frescoes were only uncovered and restored in the 20th century.[1]

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