Sofia: the city of churches
Sofia is a city of churches. These beautiful, ornate buildings are found across the whole city but there certainly are some highlights to look out for. Be sure not to miss Boyana Church, St. Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church.
Sofia’s quaint little Boyana Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
for good reason. The church was originally built in the 10th century so its place in the Bulgarian history books is important. It was expanded in the 13th century and its frescoes, painted in 1259, are some of the world’s most significant collections of medieval paintings that exist today. Visit this well-preserved and historical example of a Bulgarian Orthadox Church and uncover its story.
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Built as a memorial to the 200,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Russio-Turkish War in the late 19th century, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a wonderful piece of architecture. It was built in the 20th century and is renowned for its gold-domes, the largest of which is the centrepiece, reaching 45m high. As you enter, you will be amazed at the attention to detail from the floors to the ceiling. From gold-plated panels, paintings, mosaics, chandeliers and marble, there is something worth noticing with every step you take. In the crypt, you will find an impressive collection of Orthadox art.
St. Sofia Church
St. Sofia Church is believed to be one of the city’s oldest, dating back to the 6th century. For this reason, it is a vital icon locally and this religious place of worship is where Sofia got its name from. The highlight for many, is the museum in the crypt, which tells the story of this building and its history.
If you are a fan of architecture, beautiful designs, religious history or are just looking to admire Sofia’s icons then make sure you factor in some time to explore the city’s churches. Staff at our Park Inn by Radisson Sofia
will happily guide you in the right direction for the religious monuments and attractions you would like to discover across the city.