Boyana Church



CountryBulgaria
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationBoyana district, Sofia
CoordinatesN42 38 60 E23 16 0
Inscription Date1979
Property (ha)0.68
Buffer Zone (ha)14
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number42
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/42
DescriptionLocated 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.
StatusWorld Heritage Site