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The Bulgarian Capital – a Religious Tour

Sofia (a Religious City Tour) – Monastery “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” – Dragalevtsi residential section, the Sofia Synagogue and the History Museum at it, the National Religious, Historical and Archaeological Museum at the Holy Synod, the monastery “St. Mary of Vitosha” – Dragalevtsi residential section, the Russian church “St. Nikolas”, the church “St. Petka Samardzhiyska”, the Memorial Temple “St. Alexander Nevski”, the temple “St. Sofia”, the Boyana Church (UNESCO).

The route can be completed within a few days. It is intended for an automobile, organized bus transport, city transport or crossing on foot.


The Kokalyanski Monastery „St. Archangel Michael”

The Kokalyanski Monastery „St. Archangel Michael” lies a few kilometers from the village of Kokalyane, in the eastern part of Plana Mountain. It used to be linked by a road with the Bistrishki, Dragalevski and Boyanski monasteries. Nearby the fortress of Urvich was situated. This was one of the last Bulgarian fortresses, taken over during the invasion of the Ottoman Turks. The ...

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Sofia Synagogue and its History Museum – Sofia City

The largest Sephardic (Spanish – Jewish) synagogue in Europe is situated in Sofia on the corner of the streets Ekzarh Yosif and G. Washington. This is the only Jewish house of prayer in Sofia. The Sofia Synagogue is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in Bulgaria. It was built where the old synagogue Ahab and Hased (in Hebrew- Love and kindness) used to be. Its building ...

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National Church Museum of History and Archaeology of the Holy Synod – Sofia City

The National Church Museum of History and Archaeology is situated in the building of the Theological Faculty of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski on St. Nedelyasquare in the center of Sofia. The remarkable building was designed by Bulgarian and foreign architects and artists and was built in 1923. The museum was opened in the same year. During the bombing in the Second World War ...

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The Russian Church “St. Nikolay” – Sofia City

The Russian church “St. Nikolay” is located in the center of Sofia, at the intersection of Rakovska and Tsar Osvoboditel streets. It is one of the most remarkable buildings in Sofia. It was built in the period between 1907 and 1914 by a project of the Russian architect M. Preobrazhensky on the initiative of the Russian Embassy and on his land. The wall paintings are works of ...

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Dragalevski Monastery “St. Mary”.

Near the Dragalevtsi residential area of Sofia, about 1.5 kilometers southwest is the Dragalevski monastery “St. Mary of Vitosha”. It was established by Tsar Ivan Alexander (ruled 1331 – 1371 AD) in about 1341 and remained after the Ottoman conquest in 1382. The monastery church was renovated and painted in 1476. The monastery complex consists of a church, residential buildings ...

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“St. Petka Samardzhiyska” Church – Sofia City

The church “St. Petka Samardzhiyska” is situated in the center of Sofia city – in the underpass between Sheraton hotel and the Central Department Store, near the entrance of the Serdika metro station. The temple is dedicated to the Martyr Petka Ikoniyska. It was built on the remains of a Roman cult building and dates back to the 11th century. The wall paintings, which can ...

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Memorial Temple “St. Alexander Nevski” – Sofia City

The cathedral temple “St. Alexander Nevski” is considered a symbol of the Bulgarian capital. It is located in the center of Sofia, at the eponymous square. The reflection of its golden domes attracts attention from miles away. The temple was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar - Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century ...

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St. Sofia Temple – Sofia City

The church “St. Sofia” (God’s Wisdom) is situated in the center of Bulgaria’s capital, in close proximity to the Monumental Temple “Alexander Nevski”. It is one of the oldest churches in Sofia and its history is closely related to the history of the city. Nowadays the temple is considered one of the symbols of Sofia. The church was built in the 6th century during the time ...

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National Museum of History, Boyana Church Branch - Sofia

Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon is situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, in Boyana Housing Estate in Sofia. It is one of the few medieval monuments of Christian art that have survived until the present day. The church is one of the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. It was built in three stages: ...

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