Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

South East Europe / Western Trans-Balkan Road

Boyana Church

Boyana Church

About the site

Corridor: Diagonal Road, Western Trans-Balkan Road, Sofia-Ohrid Road
Country: Bulgaria, Sofia
Type: Christian religious centre
Epoch: Modern Times, Middle Ages
World Heritage: Cultural Heritage
Modern TimesMiddle AgesChristian religious centreCultural Heritage

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two?storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.


Read more about Boyana Church at the Unesco World Heritage List.