The Rotunda Of St George

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  • Address: pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +359-29809216
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Observatory, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids

The Rotunda Of St George - Review

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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  • The Rotunda Of St George Address: pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • The Rotunda Of St George Contact Number: +359-29809216
  • The Rotunda Of St George Timing: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • The Rotunda Of St George Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Rotunda Of St George(preferred time): 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Rotunda Of St George: 00:30 Mins
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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

  • 24.56% 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

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

77.03% 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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  • Another must see. One of the earliest Christian churches in the Balkins. Has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Was turned into a mosque. Worth a few minutes. Definitely read the plaques for information or it isn't as meaningful. Walk around the exterior ruins.

  • Things around Sophia are as old as you can imagine. This little church for instance. It is worth seeing. I haven't had the chance to go into it, but I recommend at least stopping by it. You won't regret it.

  • A very lovely church. It's small, but extremely rooted in history. A must visit when you come to Sofia. It's easily reached from Serdica metro station, which in turn is easily reached from the airport by metro. The church is quite hidden, surrounded by a big complex building which looks like a giant chocolate bar from the main road. Try to find the entry gate, you can see the church from outside the gate of chocolate-bar-shape building (Ministry of Education and Science). You can also go to Banya Bashi mosque on the north, cross the street from the underground tunnel.

  • 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 (!)

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