Church of St. Sofia

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Church of St. Sofia Jul 11, 2017
St. Sofia was once a Cathedral, but ceased to do so during Ottoman rule. However, it is often still called “St. Sofia Cathedral”. The church stands on the same spot as a Roman temple as well as of an older church and was completed in the mid-6th century. This makes St. Sofia the second-oldest church in Sofia after St. George. The veneration of the saint (St. Sofia, the 2nd century Roman martyr) to which the church is dedicated became so popular by the 14th century that the city's name was changed from Serdica to Sofia. When the Ottomans conquered the city in the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque. In the late 19th century, it was abandoned after a Minaret was destroyed by an earthquake. Restoration and re-dedication as a church began in 1900.

A highlight is the Necropolis Museum in the crypt. It includes several exhibits about the early Christian Period in Serdica as well as several graves (some with frescoes!) from the 4th to 7th century and the remains of predecessor buildings. Information in Bulgarian and English, plan around 45 minutes to one hour for this museum.

Entry to the church is free. For the Necropolis Museum, there is an entry fee of 6,00 Lev and a 15,00 Lev photo permit if you want to take pictures (all as of 2017).
St. Sofia Church, Sofia
St. Sofia Church, Sofia
Inside St. Sofia Church, Sofia
Inside St. Sofia Church, Sofia
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