When you are caught in the middle of the human traffic headed to the busiest metro station in town, this small old church is easy to miss.
A 4th century crypt stands at the street level of the ancient Roman city of Serdika, which has been unearthed during the construction of the metro station.
The church was built on top of the crypt between the 11th century and the 14th century. It can be accessed through the crypt via a concrete staircase on the right.
The temple was named after St Petka (a popular saint at the time) and the local saddler’s guild that collected the money for the construction.
Parts of the original frescoes are preserved as is the ancient feel of the interior, reinforced by the striking contrast to life outside.
Urban legends claim that 19th century Bulgaria’s national hero, Vasil Levski, was buried here after he was tried and sentenced to death by the Ottoman authorities for inciting a revolution.