It's an unassuming 11th- and 13th-century building surrounded by lush vegetation, but UNESCO-listed Boyana Church evokes awe in art historians who struggle to explain how the three-dimensional facial expressions in the frescoes covering the interior came to be painted during the 13th century, since this innovation was ushered in by Italian Renaissance painters over a century later. It's a tourist-friendly spot. Upon payment you are provided with an English-speaking guide who will point out the emotive profiles and movements, and the introduction of realism into the choice of latter-day fashion and fabrics. The guide also will identify the models, including Kalogen and his wife, Desislava, the Sofia landlord and patron who commissioned the building of the 13th-century extension. With any luck you'll be the only ones in the church, as tour groups make for a claustrophobic experience. The church has not functioned as such since 1954.
This church is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The architecture is very interesting and old. It is near Vitosha Mountain. Built in 11th-12th centuries. Interesting frescoes-sorry, but it's forbidden to take pictures in the church, so I made some only outside the building:) Well, you can see some pics from inside when you visit the site. It's really interesting.
The Boyana church is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its cultural value.
Its situated in the suburbs of Sofia, in the ex-village and current quarter of the capital city.
It consist of three buildings .
Boyana Church is famous for its paintings of the 13th century, and particularly those painted in 1259. This paintings are accepted as the most important collections of medieval paintings
Built in 1259 and with its unique frescoes, no wonder it's a UNESCO heritage site.It was built as a family chapel within the palace of a Bulgarian nobleman. His family and the Bulgarian Royal family at the time, are depicted in frescoes inside.
The church is the nice suburb of Boyana, in the foothill of the beautiful Vitosha mountain. There are public buses going there, also 'marshroutka' 'mini bus number 21 that you can catch along it's route on Vassil Levski blvd, Patriarch Evtimii Blvd in the direction of NDK.
1 November - 31 March
From 9:00 to 17:30 h
Tickets are sold until 16.45 h
1 April- 31 October
From 9:30 to 18:00 h
Tickets are sold until 17.30 h
You can walk around the church yard as much as you like but you can stay inside of the church for about 10 min. After that the next group has to come in. I guess if there are not so many visitors they can let you stay longer.
The Boyana church in the suburbs of Sofia is on Unesco's World Heritage list. The church is a thousand years old but the remarkable murals inside date from the 13th century. Painted by an unknown artist, they show 240 figures depicting features of life in medieval Bulgaria. This is definitely a 'must-see' if you have any free time in Sofia.
The Boyana chirch!
This image is a fragment of a mural painting in the chirch. This was bulgarian Tzaritza(Queen) Desislava.