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Entrance of the Rotunda of St. George

A look at the beautiful archway leading into the Rotunda. On an overcast day, while the roof is covered in snow, the cross set atop the church almost looks to be suspended in air.

A closer look at the entry way

Under the entry arch the ancient walls are adorned with beautiful icons.

Aerial view

This view from above the Rotunda displays the Early Christian tradition of building churches in the shape of a Cross -- a tradition that persists today.

Side view

A look at the side of the building shows its unique architecture, utilizing many angles and different levels, reached by surviving stairs.

A view from the back

This photo from behind the church shows how it is surrounded by tall buildings, keeping it out of sight. The lower half of this picture shows the ruins of Serdica.

The entry way from inside the Rotunda

This image gives a sense of the cavernous interior of this modest sized church. It also allows a look at the richly ornamented altar piece.


No Orthodox church would be complete without an iconostasis set up to shield the view of the altar.

A view of the dome and windows

Here's a look at some of the ancient and worn frescoes. As they were painted over during the Islamic occupation of the church, these images were only discovered in the 20th century.

A closer look at the dome

Here is a better view of the frescoes painted on the dome of the rotunda. Preservation of these important works of art is a constant effort.

Angel face

A close up of one of the frescoes depicting the face of an angel. This piece of art was dated to the reign of Tsar Simeon the Great, in the 9th century.
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