Join Manuela, a professional local tour guide, as she leads you on a free tour through one of Bulgaria’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Boyana Church.
Located on the outskirts of Sofia, at the northern slopes of Vitosha Mountain, this small, ancient church is one of the few well-preserved mediaeval structures in Bulgaria’s capital city. The church stands as a testament to the significant contribution of Bulgarian art to European culture in the Middle Ages. Its 13th century frescoes are not only a masterpiece of Christian Orthodox iconography but a first step towards the magnificence of what would later become the norm for Renaissance masters.
Visit Bulgaria from the comfort of your own home! Bulgaria is one of the oldest nation states in Europe. Its history is complex and fascinating. Our tour will take you on a journey through time, briefly discussing Bulgaria’s turbulent past, exploring how it informs much of the history of Sofia and of Boyana Church. We will also make time to explore a bit of what Sofia has to offer visitors, hopefully helping people decide whether they’d like to visit in person once it’s safe to do so.
Before venturing inside the UNESCO site, we shall walk its grounds, have a look at its architecture and revisit its considerable history. Upon virtually entering Boyana Church, we take a deep dive into Christian Orthodox iconography. We will discuss its significance, norms, and standards, as well as its intricacies. This free tour is perfect lovers of art, history, religious iconography, and just people looking for a new experience.
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Virtual Tour – requires prior registration via respective Zoom link
1-1.5 hours at your computer, tablet or smartphone