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Sofia Church of St. George (St. George Rotunda)
Sofia Church of St. George (St. George Rotunda)

Sofia Church of St. George (St. George Rotunda)

Free admission
bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 2, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1000

The Basics

Attend an Orthodox service to see the inner-workings of the church, or visit outside of worship to study frescoes and friezes that span centuries at your own pace. The church is a convenient start point for exploration of the Serdica ruins, or can be combined with other city landmarks, such as Banya Bashi Mosque or the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church, on a city tour, which offer first-time visitors an easy way to orient themselves in Bulgaria’s capital.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sofia Church of St. George is a must-see for anyone interested in history, architecture, religion, or culture.

  • The church is free to enter, but interior photography is forbidden.

  • As an active place of worship, modest clothing is a must: if it’s a hot day, pack a shawl or pair of long trousers to cover bare shoulders or legs before entering.

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How to Get There

The church is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Serdika metro station; a backdrop of modern hotels and offices provide a stark juxtaposition. Tours offering round-trip transfers ensure easy access to the central landmark and allow you to cover more sights without worrying about navigation.

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When to Get There

The church extends its opening hours during summer, though the site can be visited year-round. Seeing the Roman ruins under a winter dusting of snow is especially memorable. Services are held daily.

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Religious Diversity in Central Sofia

Immediately over the road, visitors can find the medieval Church of St. Petka, known for its biblical murals, while the history-laden St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church stands just west. Less than a few minutes’ walk away is the Banya Bashi Mosque, which provides insight into Sofia’s Islamic culture, and the Jewish Sofia Synagogue. Time-pressed travelers can tick them all off in less than a day.

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