Saint Sofia Church
Saint Sofia Church
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Neighbourhood: Serdica
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  • St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University • 7 min walk
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  • kmaria1202
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the basement!
    This church is so interesting! Not only is the interior beautiful, but it rests above centuries-old ruins that are available to tour. If you like ancient history, this church - and what's underneath! - is well worth a visit!! (Plus it's easy to visit because it's so close to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
  • raybyerley
    Mandeville, Louisiana4,398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the oldest, maybe the oldest building in Sofia + catacombs under Oct. 6
    This was our next stop after the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. We also went underground through the catacombs / necropolis. One picture outside, one of altar area, and one of the catacomb are attached. It was all very interesting and historic.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • John E
    Bristol, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting find
    Very interesting visit. Firstly to look around the church then to be able to go underground to the visit the museum necropolis holding more than 50 tombs and mosaics. It is free to enter the museum for the over 65’s.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2024
  • Cipsontheroad
    Rome, Italy71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    DON'T MISS THE NECROPOLIS
    The church that gives its name to the city has been destroyed and rebuilt serveral times since the Roman era. Inside there is no art work but a visit to the necropolis is worthwhile. Archaelogical digs have found numerous tombs and frescoes and the whole area is accessible thru a series of underground passages and stairs.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 July 2024
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,945 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Our walking tour finished here, with this church site dating back to around the 4th century. Around 1000 years later it gave the city its name, rumoured to be because of its hill top location it was one of the first buildings that could be recognised when approaching.

The history of the building is interesting without doubt but the part that was weird was the location of the bell/bell tower, hint if looking at the church turn around and look up.

Historically interesting and if you are at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is a major tourist spot then you are just a couple of minutes away.
Written 9 September 2022
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Cipsontheroad
Rome, Italy71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
The church that gives its name to the city has been destroyed and rebuilt serveral times since the Roman era. Inside there is no art work but a visit to the necropolis is worthwhile. Archaelogical digs have found numerous tombs and frescoes and the whole area is accessible thru a series of underground passages and stairs.
Written 9 July 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,078 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I expected more. For me this was OK. I walked around, browsed and left. I didn't bother with the museum downstairs. Free to enter the Church but you have to pay for the museum. Maybe I was tired after visiting multiple religious buildings in the morning before this but I really didn't appreciate this Church.
Written 1 May 2023
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JJ
Berlin, Germany699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Small church right across from the Nevsky cathedral (2m walk). Interior nothing too impressive (all brick, no frescoes) yet the necropolis it’s build on definitely worth a look (stairs in the left when coming in). It’s a 6 BGN fee for adults.
Written 13 July 2020
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kmaria1202
Baton Rouge, LA238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This church is so interesting! Not only is the interior beautiful, but it rests above centuries-old ruins that are available to tour. If you like ancient history, this church - and what's underneath! - is well worth a visit!! (Plus it's easy to visit because it's so close to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.)
Written 22 September 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Incredible large church with red bricks. Free entrance. Inside actually looks modern but amazing to think this was built in 6th Century. There are some ancient ruins on the lower level.
Written 21 May 2023
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA4,398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was our next stop after the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
We also went underground through the catacombs / necropolis.
One picture outside, one of altar area, and one of the catacomb are attached.

It was all very interesting and historic.
Written 7 October 2023
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monia71
Treviso, Italy2,469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
After saint george this is considered the second oldest church of the city. Internally is an humble place in accordance with the style of an old orthodox church. The church was going to be transformed into a mosque when an eartquake cracked the Minaret and this was considered a sign of bad luck so It remains a church. Is a very good monument to be visited and very closed to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Very good place
Written 5 January 2019
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Brian P
Manama, Bahrain591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Although very plain looking from outside this place shouldn't be missed. Underground you can walk through the ancient ruins etc.

Written 25 January 2020
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Nikolai Atanassov
Brussels, Belgium42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This 6th century church is considered to have given the name Sofia to the city (meaning Holy Wisdom), and is a fine example of early Byzantine architecture. The crypt can also be visited for a small fee and contains the remains of early Christian tombs (3rd to 5th centuries) discovered during excavations under the church floor.
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Written 9 December 2019
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