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  • Address: Alexander Nevsky, Sofia, Bulgaria
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St Sofia Church Tours

The oldest church in Sofia and the origin of the city’s name, the St. Sofia Church dates back to the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the sixth century. Built on the site of two fourth-century churches just outside of the city walls, it served as the city’s main cemetery church into the Middle Ages and, during the 12th century, it was likely the seat of Sofia’s bishop. After the Ottoman conquest, the church became a mosque and minarets were added.  It was abandoned altogether after an earthquake struck in 1858 and later restored at the start of the 20th century.

The church building today is a three-aisled Byzantine-style basilica, with walls of exposed brick, a mosaicked floor and icons of historical saints. Fragments of mosaics from the fourth century can be seen in the floor of the south aisle. Outside of the church is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which memorializes the Bulgarians who were killed in World War I.

Practical Info

The St. Sofia Church is located on Alexander Nevsky ploschad and can be accessed from streetcar number 9 or trolley 20, 22 or 23. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m in the winter. Photos are not allowed inside. 

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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour, Sofia, null
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Eat Like a Local: Sofia Breakfast, Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Start your day like a local with a Bulgarian breakfast of ‘banitsa’ (savoury pastry) and ‘ayran’ (yoghurt drink), and discover Sofia’s landmarks on this 3-hour ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.21
Full-Day Sofia Tour: Boyana Church, National History Museum, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia, Dining ... 
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Full-Day Sofia Tour: Boyana Church, National History Museum, Banya Bashi Mosque

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Take a full-day tour of all the notable sites in Sofia. The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel, and concludes at the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, so a ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.02
Private Tour: Sofia Walking Tour, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Sofia Walking Tour

Explore the historical heart of Sofia by foot on a 2-hour private tour, learning about the city’s ancient, medieval, and modern history from a private guide. ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Breakfast in Sofia Walking Tour, Sofia, Walking Tours
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Breakfast in Sofia Walking Tour

Experience Bulgaria like a local on this tour of Sofia, which includes breakfast. Eat banitsa with ayryan for breakfast, taste delicious fresh fruits and ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.58
Private City Tour of Sofia, Sofia, Food Tours
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Private City Tour of Sofia

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This is a highly individualized, specially attended service on a chauffered private city your of Sofia. You will have the chance of seeing the most fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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