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Boyana Church
The UNESCO-listed Boyana Church is made up of three distinctive sections, which reflect the architectural styles of the 10th, 13th, and 19th century respectively. The Orthodox church is held in high esteem throughout Europe due to its collection of 89 hand-painted frescoes, which depict 240 individual figures in various religious scenes.

The Basics
Booking ahead of time is vital, as access to the church’s interior is limited. An admission ticket to Boyana Church is included on most city tours, which put Sofia’s numerous historical landmarks into context. Tours with round-trip transfers from Sofia provide hassle-free access to other distant destinations, such as Mt. Vitosha, Rila Monastery and, in some cases, Macedonia and Serbia, while guided exploration provides more intimate insight into the church and can be arranged on admission.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Boyana Church is a must for anyone interested in art, history, religion, architecture, or culture.
  • A maximum of 10 people may enter Boyana Church at once, ensuring a peaceful atmosphere at all times.
  • You can purchase an admission ticket ahead of time to secure a time slot that most suits your schedule.
  • Time allowed inside is strictly limited to 15 minutes.
  • No photos or videos are permitted inside the church.

How to Get There
Boyana Church is located on the southeast outskirts of the city, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Most travelers opt for private transfer by taxi or tour, but the church is also served by the 107 or 64 bus. Parking is available nearby.

When to Get There
Independent visitors should arrive early in the morning or after lunch to avoid group tours that have guaranteed access for a specific slot. On sunny days, it's worth taking advantage of the church’s close proximity to Vitosha Nature Park, home to many picturesque hiking routes.

UNESCO-listed Landmarks
Further south in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria’s largest monastery also holds UNESCO-listed status. The Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery dates back to the 10th century and draws visitors with its unique religious artwork, scenic surroundings, and Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. The monastery opens daily, and with some planning, it’s possible to tick off both landmarks in just one trip.
Address: 3 Boyansko Ezero Str, Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
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Boyana Church tour

The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The east wing of the two-storey church was originally constructed in the late 10th or early 11th century, then the central wing was added in the 13th century under the Second Bulgarian Empire, the whole building being finished with a further expansion to the west in the middle of the 19th century. A total of 89 scenes with 240 human images are depicted on the walls of the church.
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