One of the most spectacular sights in the capital city of Sofia is Saint George's Church, which was dedicated to Saint George the Victorious. The church is also known as the Rotunda, due to its round form. It is built of red brick in place of Roman rotunda church and is the oldest church of Sofia. The church’s interior side reminds the earliest of X century, and the outside kept the remains of the ancient Serdica.
Its building is placed on the ancient area of Serdica, which in the 4th century became an administrative centre of the province of Dacia Mediterranea and one of the favorite cities of Emperor Constantine I the Great. He declared Serdica as his little Rome. St. George's Church is a great monument in the Byzantine style, the church building is part of an impressive ancient section. IV. In addition to its special architecture, there are very wonderful painting made in X-XII centuries, which makes it considered a monument of early Christian art.
During the Middle Ages, it was activating as a Christian church, and during the Ottoman rule was transformed in a mosque. Then the building was rebuilt in the Romanesque style, and during the Second World War was damaged. After that the Bulgarian state independence was obtained, the church was restored and began again to activate as an orthodox temple. The St. George Church in Sofia one of the earliest Christian temples in the world, which is entirely kept until today.
By Natasha Prijilevschi
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The Saint George's Church - Ancient mosque
The Saint George's Church - Christian art
The Saint George's Church - Red brick construction
The Saint George's Church - Cultural heritance
The Saint George's Church - Exclusive architecture