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Downtown Churches

Svetya Nedelya Cathedral sits right in the middle of a busy traffic square, so you would never guess it was built in the 1850's on the ruins of the ancient Roman city walls of Ulpia Serdica.

Sveta Petka is unique in that it is sunk under ground.  It was built in the late 14th century while the Turks were in control of the area and all churches had to be below the level of the mosques.

Banya Bashi Mosque was built by the Turks when they inhabited the area in the 16th century.  It is the only surviving and functioning mosque in Sofia today.

The Church of St. George was built originally in 2nd century CE as a Roman rotunda and was converted to a church in the middle ages.  There is strong Byzantine influence evident in the architecture, even though today it is surrounded by the Sheraton hotel and government offices.

St. Nikolai Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1912 by Russian émigrés. It has the quintessential onion-dome top and beautiful 11th century murals hung inside.

Walking around - traditional restaurant - shopping - downtown churches - Nevsky cathedral
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