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Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church – The former mosque

Early morning is the best part of the day. I love to watch the city waking up. People are going to work, markets are setting up. One of my favorite places to enjoy these moments is the park in front of Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church.

Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church is located just behind the fruit/vegetables market on Graf Ignatiev street. The story behind it is quite interesting. It says that the building was an abandoned mosque which was transformed into a church. The mosque was built in 1528 and was famous as the Black Mosque because of the dark granite of which its minaret was made. Before the transformation, the building was also used as a prison. The combination of all these uses is quite strange to me but history has witnessed even stranger events.

Despite the fact, there are bigger and more famous parks in the city, the garden in front of the church is a very nice place to rest. It is surrounded by beautiful trees and the most lively streets in Sofia. Especially in the spring, you can enjoy the smell of lilac trees. You can sit on the benches and feed the pigeons or explore the area around and try some seasonal fruits from the market nearby. There are plenty of options for taking away food around the church, for example, recently I told you about Hlebar (check the Hlebar article).

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Details about this spot



Graf Ignatiev 25 Str., Sofia

Opening Times

08:00 - 18:00 daily




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)