The Boyana Church in Sofia stands as a testament to the sophistication and splendour of Bulgarian medieval art. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the multi-faceted Boyana Church is known around the world for its outstanding frescoes.
Art and history enthusiasts wishing to visit the Boyana Church are best staying at well-located Sofia accommodation. The Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia sits at the heart of the city centre near the beautiful Alexander Nevski Cathedral and has convenient transport links with the outlying Boyana Church and towering Vitosha Mountain.
Things to see at the Boyana Church in Sofia
The site of the Boyana Church is home to three distinct sections which were constructed at various times between the 11th and 19th centuries. The sprawling complex is most famous for its remarkable frescoes which were painted in 1259 under the orders of Sebastocrator Kaloyan during the Second Bulgarian Empire.
The frescoes are amongst the most important medieval works of art found anywhere in the world. One of the main draws for tourists to the Boyana Church is the 18 paintings depicting the life of St Nicholas, which contain fantastic representations of the realities of 12th century life.
Two of Bulgaria's main saints are also portrayed in the Boyana Church frescoes, with the painting of St John of Rila the oldest surviving representation of a saint anywhere in the world.
Finding a hotel in Sofia
The Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia is the perfect base for tourists wishing to visit both the traditional and modern attractions of the Bulgarian capital. As well as an on-site bar, guests can relax in the excellent Zig Zag Brasserie following a hard day sightseeing and enjoying the artistic wonders at Boyana Church.