The Church of Saint George (Bulgarian: Ротонда „Свети Георги“, romanized: Rotonda "Sveti Georgi") is a Late Antique red brick rotunda in Sofia, Bulgaria. Built in the early 4th century as Roman baths, it became a church inside the walls of Serdica, capital of ancient Dacia Mediterranea during the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire. The Early Christian church is considered the oldest building in modern Sofia and belongs to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The building, a cylindrical domed structure built on a square base, is famous for the 12th-, 13th-, and 14th-century frescoes inside the central dome. Three layers of frescoes have been discovered, the earliest dating back to the 10th century. Magnificent frescoes of 22 prophets over 2 metres tall crown the dome. Painted over during the Ottoman period, when the building was used as a mosque, these frescoes were only uncovered and restored in the 20th century.
Marc Albert | Feb 24, 2018
A small, round church from the days of Constantine. There are frescos from different periods but only the later ones can be appreciated. No photography was permitted. The church is surrounded by large, administrative buildings. The Soviets were reluctant to destroy this ancient iconic church so they hid it.
Daphne Psarra | Jan 4, 2018
Small but remarkable! It is a beautiful temple, inside it is very small but causes contirion to the visitor. During our visit we bumped into a memorial service so we did not get to explore much. Inside the church there is a souvenir shop (!)
jelena jadzic | Jan 14, 2018
Very unique place! Small but very precious church. It is still religiously active so maybe you will need to wait for ceremony to finish in order to fully explore the place. Inside the temple is small but still look ancient. I loved the place so much. It look like from the farytail. Must visit. The entrance is free of charge.
Alfredo Moya Raventós | Mar 19, 2018
Oldest of the city, difficult to be seen if walking though the street because there's a barrier from one bulgarian ministry but for sure you can enter to see it from the outside
Mohamad Hakiim | Dec 29, 2017
The Church of St George (Bulgarian: Ротонда „Свети Георги“ Rotonda "Sveti Georgi") is an Early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is situated behind the Sheraton Hotel, amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, it is a cylindrical domed structure built on a square base. It is believed that it was built on the site of a pagan temple, though the original purpose of the building was for public use.The building is famous for the 12th-, 13th- and 14th-century frescoes inside the central dome. Three layers of frescoes have been discovered, the earliest dating back to the 10th century. Magnificent frescoes of 22 prophets over 2 metres tall crown the dome. Painted over during the Ottoman period, when the building was used as a mosque, these frescoes were only uncovered and restored in the 20th century.
Elise Moore | May 4, 2018
Another must see. One of the earliest Christian churches in the Balkins. Has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Was turned into a mosque. Worth a few minutes. Definitely read the plaques for information or it isn't as meaningful. Walk around the exterior ruins.
Daniel Oliveira | Apr 25, 2018
Things around Sophia are as old as you can imagine. This little church for instance. It is worth seeing. I haven't had the chance to go into it, but I recommend at least stopping by it. You won't regret it.
Victor | Apr 9, 2018
This is the oldest and cutest building in Sofia, dating back from the 4th century; it does certainly has a lot of history.
Christianus Arie Wisnu Wijaya | May 22, 2018
A very lovely church. It's small, but extremely rooted in history. A must visit when you come to Sofia. It's easily reached from Serdica metro station, which in turn is easily reached from the airport by metro. The church is quite hidden, surrounded by a big complex building which looks like a giant chocolate bar from the main road. Try to find the entry gate, you can see the church from outside the gate of chocolate-bar-shape building (Ministry of Education and Science). You can also go to Banya Bashi mosque on the north, cross the street from the underground tunnel.
Dinh NGUYEN CONG | Jul 20, 2018
The Church of St George (or Ротонда „Свети Георги“ – Rotonda ‘Sveti Georgi’ in Bulgarian) is a red brick rotunda that is thought to be the oldest building in Sofia. The Early Christian church stands among the ruins of Roman buildings, including public buildings with hypocaust floors and a basilica, as well as a street.
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