Church St. George Rotunda, Sofia

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Hear priests chant in the old Slavic language and sing Byzantine music while performing the daily liturgy at Church St. George Rotunda. The Romans built the red-brick rotunda--the oldest building in Sofia--in the fourth century CE, presumably on the site of a pagan temple. A modern hotel was built around the church in the 1950s, and in the courtyard you can see the contrast between the opulence of the huge hotel and the humility of the small church. The church is famous for its 12th- to 14th-century frescoes. Twenty-two large figures of prophets crown the central dome around the image of Christ. As you exit the church, wander around the neighboring ruins of the ancient town of Serdika. Plan my Sofia trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • This is one of the oldest churches in Sofia, that you have to discover in the courtyard of a large government complex, just behind the Presidential Palace. It displays nice artifacts.  more »
  • We joined one of the free city tours. When we went to the church we were amazed by its architecture. And it is one of most acient buildings tou can see in Sofia.  more »
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  • Impressive construction, allegedly the oldest surviving in the city, right next to a few of the ruins of the old city of Serdica. It is less impressive on the interior as much of the fresco work has been destroyed. Entrance is free but photos are not allowed. To be honest there isn't even that much to photograph inside other than the overloaded souvenirs shop which takes away a lot of the magnificence of the church. Really sad they did this, I would gladly pay even a large fee to see the church for what it is than to see so much kitsch in a holy place
  • This church is believed to be the oldest building in Sofia, build in 4th century. Around the church located ruins of old Serdica city. I couldn't see what's inside because it was closed to the public. Entrance from the President house. Absolutely must visit.
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