The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia

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The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia - Address, Phone Number

Address: pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: +359-29809216

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

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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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  • Definitely worth a look. In the middle of Government buildings, but just walk through to the inner courtyard where the oldest church in Sofia is situated.

  • It's amazing that such old building was preserved so nicely and that is was discovered by sheer accident. Must see in when in Sofia.

  • “St. George” Rotunda Church is the oldest architectural monument in Sofia and the only building in good repair, intact to the roof, dated as far back as the Roman Empire. Its construction coincides with a moment of a remarkable flourishing of Serdika as one of the largest and most considerable Roman towns on the Balkan Peninsula. 

  • A tiny ancient church surrounded by government buildings. The church and ruins outside are worth a visit.

  • A fantastic reminder of the Christian faith extending to the present from the time of Constantine. Beautiful, inspiring, faith building. Unfortunately they try to sell souvenirs in the church. Apparently they have not heard that Jesus threw the profiteers out of the temple.

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