כנסיית בויאנה (בולגרית Боянска църква) היא כנסייה השוכנת ברובע בויאנה שבדרום-מערב סופיה, בירת בולגריה. היא מורכבת משלושה חלקים שנבנו בסוף המאה ה-10, במאה ה-13 ובמאה ה-19. הכנסייה מעוטרת בפרסקאות עשירים במספר שכבות, הנחשבים לאחד הריכוזים השמורים והשלמים של אומנות מזרח אירופית ימי ביניימית. הכנסייה הוכרזה כאתר מורשת עולמית בשנת 1979.
The church is spectacular. The experience was an epic fail. First, it's all Bulgarian. People, this is a World Heritage Site!!! English is the global language. It should be standard, STANDARD, that all signage and employees are bilingual. The sign suggests English tours available but I was firmly and gruffly told no, twice. Who knows if they understood? Oh, and smiles only happen when they see money, if then. The woman specialist doesn't care whose turn it is. If you want to maintain your place in line you will have to battle it out with those who insist on ruining it for the rest of us by sneaking around the back way to get to the front. The experience ruined the beauty of the church. (then someone has the audacity to say this happens everywhere in Europe. Um, no. I live in Munich. Traveled extensively. First I've seen of it.)
A small church that used to be a family chapel, however it was later re-decorated with frescoes on top of the old brick walls. You can distinctly see the different layers from the church's past. The inside is rather small so only a group of 10 are allowed.
This could be a govermental tourist trap. 10 leva per person is rubbery. Church is 2 kitchen size. Do not waste time!!!
It is a UNESCO heritage site. Very small church with 8 people access at once due to the protection of the church inside. Freco is quite impressive. Enterance fee is 15LB per person.
Quite expensive to enter the church at 10 lev. Not allowed pictures inside the church. But informative guide answers questions in English. Lots of 13th century religious paintings inside this very small church. It has a 19th century annex to house more people, but stopped being used as a church in 1954. Worth a look if you don't mind paying the steep entrance fee.
Boyana Church is quite small and out of the way, but is a nice place to visit if you are interested please in medieval art and want to get out of the city. It is also a good starting point for hikes. Is Boyana church worth the 10 leva, I'd say no; but it is for free on Mondays after 15:00.
The church is set at the base of the mountains on some lovely wooded grounds. There is a pretty little gate and a large, redwood tree that was a gift from the king. The outside of the church is set back from the entrance and is picturesque. The inside is very small but the frescos are stunning. The entrance area was built in the 19th century. The first area that is fresco'ed was a 13th century addition and the last portion, the original part, was built in the 10th century. The building was an active church until the 1950s. I would like to have seen some descriptions of the frescos. Either a fact sheet or a short lecture. The temperature and humidity are carefully controlled so as to help preserve the frescos. Only 8 people are allowed in at a time. We walked from the Museum of History. It's a long, uphill walk. I don't recommend it. The 64 bus will get you pretty close. The best way to get there would be a car or taxi. It's a must see.
Boyana Church is quite small and out of the way, but is a nice place to visit if you are interested in medieval art and want to get out of the city. It is also a good starting point for hikes. Is Boyana church worth the 10 leva? I'd say no; but it is for free on Mondays after 15:00.
Very small church but with beautiful frescos dating back to 10th and 12th centuries. You do need to book if you want to go inside the church as many groups visit. Best if you go with an experienced guide who can explain the frescos to you otherwise can seem a little meaningless and they have a strict time limit of 10 minutes inside. The grounds of the church a peaceful and relaxing. Best to combine the visit here with Rila monastery; and this is the popular combination with tour companies.
On the heritage list so a pretty cool visit in itself. They only take cash payment and you get 10 min inside with a guide and you can’t take pictures inside.
Great stop on the way to Boyana waterfall. There are cute restaurants with a nice view nearby.