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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  • A small place that walled by business buildings but preserved beautifully and narratively tells its own history, this is one of the highlights when you visit Bulgaria, worth a visits folks.  more »
  • We stumbled upon this place pretty late. It was a cute and warm place. There are also ruins in the back.  more »
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  • Beautiful on the outside and absolutely worthwhile walking to. The inside would've been more interesting and pleasant if it hadn't been for the overwhelming number of tourist aimed items on sale. Looked like a market instead of a church
  • Seeing many great attractions in Sofia, giving me the feeling of coming back to old age. This Church just one of many places that you will simply amazed with how rich not only by history but also their architecture. You can see from thus church how old it can be, how much history it has. Definitely a must see when you’re in Sofia.
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