The Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church (Bulgarian: църква „Свети Седмочисленици“) and formerly The Black Mosque (Turkish: Kara Camii) is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was created between 1901 and 1902 as an Ottoman mosque later converted into orthodox Church, and was inaugurated on 27 July 1903. The church is named after Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples, known in the Orthodox Church collectively as the Sedmochislenitsi.
The Black Mosque (Bulgarian: Черна джамия, romanized: Cherna dzhamiya; Turkish: Kara Camii) was built in 1528 on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent with the intention to be more impressive and beautiful than the Christian churches in the city. The mosque is popularly attributed to the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, although this is uncertain. It was constructed at the place of a former nunnery of the Rila Monastery and an Early Christian temple from the 4th-5th century, the ruins of which were excavated in 1901. An even older construction, a pagan temple of Asclepius from Roman Serdica, was also discovered in the mosque's foundations.
Marc Albert | Feb 24, 2018
A typical Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox church. It's very pretty on the inside. If you're in the neighborhood you should definitely stop in.
Rachel Allen | Sep 28, 2017
This is a beautiful church. We arrived at the end of a lovely service.
Kalin Zlatkov | Mar 15, 2017
As far as I know it was a turkish mosque but when we got rid of them some patriots rebuilt it for us. Amazing Icons inside. I like the garden also, it is where I grew up as a child.
nettadi ben asher | Oct 25, 2016
Beautiful and beautifully maintained church. Small and manageable with vibrant but not overbearing space. The garden around is is alive with locals all day long and well into the night. A pleasing spot the city center.
Ivan Yosifov | Jul 28, 2017
nice church. go touristic site
stanio da cool | May 1, 2018
Once the church was actually the Black mosque - during the Liberation war and after Ottoman rule it was a prison at the near end of town. Then it survived the mass demolition of moscues in the new-elected Principality capital and after a doubtful City Council vote was built to be the church that it is today.
Apurbalal Senapati | May 29, 2018
Earlier it was a Mosque ... latter it renovated as church ... relatively new one ... It was created between 1901 and 1902 through the conversion of an abandoned Ottoman mosque, and was inaugurated on 27 July 1903. The church is named after Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples, known in the Orthodox Church collectively as the Sedmochislenitsi.... The construction works took a year, between 27 May 1901 and 6 May 1902, but the complete inner decoration did not finish until 1996. ...
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