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The Boyana Church (Bulgarian: Боянска църква, Boyanska tsărkva) is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The east wing of the two-storey church was originally constructed in the late 10th or early 11th century, then the central wing was added in the 13th century under the Second Bulgarian Empire, the whole building being finished with a further expansion to the west in the middle of the 19th century. A total of 89 scenes with 240 human images are depicted on the walls of the church.
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7 months ago
The church is spectacular. The experience was an epic fail. First, it's all Bulgarian. People, this is a World Heritage Site!!! English is the global language. It should be standard, STANDARD, that all signage and employees are bilingual. The sign suggests English tours available but I was firmly and gruffly told no, twice. Who knows if they understood? Oh, and smiles only happen when they see money, if then. The woman specialist doesn't care whose turn it is. If you want to maintain your place in line you will have to battle it out with those who insist on ruining it for the rest of us by sneaking around the back way to get to the front. The experience ruined the beauty of the church. (then someone has the audacity to say this happens everywhere in Europe. Um, no. I live in Munich. Traveled extensively. First I've seen of it.)
12 days ago
The church is set at the base of the mountains on some lovely wooded grounds. There is a pretty little gate and a large, redwood tree that was a gift from the king. The outside of the church is set back from the entrance and is picturesque. The inside is very small but the frescos are stunning. The entrance area was built in the 19th century. The first area that is fresco'ed was a 13th century addition and the last portion, the original part, was built in the 10th century. The building was an active church until the 1950s. I would like to have seen some descriptions of the frescos. Either a fact sheet or a short lecture. The temperature and humidity are carefully controlled so as to help preserve the frescos. Only 8 people are allowed in at a time. We walked from the Museum of History. It's a long, uphill walk. I don't recommend it. The 64 bus will get you pretty close. The best way to get there would be a car or taxi. It's a must see.
2 months ago
A small church that used to be a family chapel, however it was later re-decorated with frescoes on top of the old brick walls. You can distinctly see the different layers from the church's past. The inside is rather small so only a group of 10 are allowed.
2 months ago
This could be a govermental tourist trap. 10 leva per person is rubbery. Church is 2 kitchen size. Do not waste time!!!
5 months ago
It is a UNESCO heritage site. Very small church with 8 people access at once due to the protection of the church inside. Freco is quite impressive. Enterance fee is 15LB per person.