Saint Nicholas at Boyana Church
Boyana, Sofia, Bulgaria
The Boyana Church was dedicated to Saint Nicholas when it was built around AD 1000. A mid-13th century addition added an additional dedication to St. Panteleimon. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its 13th century frescoes.
The frescoes, written in 1259, cover the interior with eighty-nine scenes including 240 human figures. Eighteen of the scenes tell the life and miracles of St. Nicholas. The St. Nicholas frescoes are in the narthex. Eight of them are shown here.
Stories shown in the frescoes
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land—calming the sea
Righter of Wrongs—saving three innocents
The Emperor Dreams—saving three generals
Nicholas and the Temple of Artemis
Come Out—expelling demons
Grace Received: the Death of Nicholas
Miraculous Redemption— carpet exchange
Photos by Georgi Genchev, The Boyana Church, SeeBulgaria.net, permission pending.