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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Local Culture
- 74%Family Travelers
- 74%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (8)
- Boyana ChurchMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2First to ReviewJan 21, 2014
The Boyana Church is a precious small two-storey building, lovely on the outside and simply stupendous inside. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, it's initial construction was in the 10th century. The interior religious frescoes, first painted in the 11th century, are as compelling as those painted by Giotto. Washed with decay, abuse, and restoration, they tell a story of belief, and challenge. The layers of frescoes span the centuries. Of the 89 scenes, fhe most famous are the murals from 1259, which include "The Miracle at Sea" with a floundering ship, stressed sailors, and fabulous swirls depicting the boiling waters.
Our tour guide was a focused and charismatic fellow who conjured the mystical powers of the sacred space for our small group. He was compelling, though some in the group thought he was a bit creepy. I think he's a great showman, kind of like the Wizard of Oz. Take advantage of his knowledge. Ask him anything and he'll give you the answer in excellent English.
- Boyana ChurchMar 14, 2013
One of the 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bulgaria, the Boyana Church, at the foot of Mount Vitosha, in the southern suburbs of Sofia, is one of the few complete and perfectly preserved medieval monuments that have survived until the present day. It was built in three stages: 11th century, mid-13th century, and mid-19th century.