The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia
The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia - Address, Phone Number
Address: pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Time Required: 00:30 Mins
Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
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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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The Rotunda Of St George, Sofia Reviews
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.
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. 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.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.
Much less impressive in person, at least the interior. Rude woman inside says "no photo please" and mumbles that this is said outside. True enough, though I missed the nonstandard placement. Tacky modern add-ons. Hard to see the original frescos. One is reminded to buy things in a place too holy for photos without flash.
A marvelous , and historic church from the 4th century. You can spot the two distinct layers of frescoes in the ceilings, with one layer over the top of the other.