Boyana Church

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3 ул. Боянско езеро, Sofia, Bulgaria
Boyana Church - Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church - Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church - Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church - Boyana Church, Sofia

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Boyana Church Jul 10, 2017
You may have seen a lot of Orthodox Churches in Bulgaria, but this one is like no other. Built in the 10th century, it is a real medieval gem known for its frescoes. These frescoes show a total of 89 scenes, most of them from around 1259. However, some parts from an earlier layer are visible as well. Although the church dates from the 10th century, parts were added in the 11th, 13th and 19th century. Its frescoes made it one of the first places to be declared an UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1979. If your trip to Sofia should include more than a handful of sights in the city centre, this is the first thing I would put on the list to visit outside of central Sofia.

Some staff members speak English, others don't. The staff members will point out the one or other part of the church, but other than that you will find little explanation (Bulgarian, English, Russian) inside and outside. If you want more information, get a guided tour (see below) or buy a leaflet from the souvenir shop.

You will need to buy a ticket at a counter close to the church (at the same place where you can also buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs) for 10 Lev to get in. Only 10 visitors are allowed inside the church at the same time and only for around 15 minutes. There is no queueing system or order of entrance, so just buy a ticket, get to the church and take any opportunity to get in. No photos inside allowed, a photo permit may be however requested through the National Museum of History well in advance. They also help you out if a guided tour is required. If you plan to visit the nearby National Museum of History (15 min. walk away), ask for a combo ticket for both attractions (12,00 Lev).

Two bus lines, 64 and 107, stop close to Boyana Church (you have to walk two minutes uphill to get to the church) at a stop called Boyana Church (Boyanska Tsarkva). Bus 64 is the quicker way. It runs roughly every 20 minutes between Vitosha metro station to Bokar in the south of Sofia via Boyana residential area. If you are not using Vitosha metro, Tram 7 runs from the city centre to Bokar. Try however not to change to bus 64 at Tram 7's final stop as bus and tram stops are a short walk apart and you'll need to climb some stairs. Better change at the stop at Kobleshkov Avenue.

Bus 107 runs only roughly every 30 minutes, but its stop is easy to find at Ovcha Kupel Bus Station which some may know from a trip to Rila Monastery. Note that the bus stop for bus 107 is not in Ovcha Kupel Bus Station itself but in the main street, Tsar Boris III Avenue. Trams 4,5 and 11 run from the city centre, the city centre stop for tram number 5 is right behind the Palace of Justice, close to Serdika Metro. All info as of mid-2017
Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church, Sofia
Boyana Church, Sofia
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