Sofia

Sofia, the current capital of Bulgaria and is located in the foothills of Vitosha Mountain.

Sofia’s human habitation is dating back over 30,000, which determinate it as the second oldest in Europe. Because of its hot springs, in the 8th century BCE, the Thracian tribes settled here, gave the city its first name – Serdika. The long and distinguished history means there is plenty to see during a visit to the town.

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is very popular worldwide and is also one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world. Inside the cathedral, you can find beautiful paintings of religious scenes and saints on the walls. The church was built in the early 20th century in memory of the 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878. The cathedrals gold-plated are 45 m high, with the bell tower reaching 50.52 m.

  • St. Cyril and Methodius National Library

The St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library is the most prominent library in the country, and we can also say the oldest cultural institute after the Liberation of Bulgaria. The National Library was built in neoclassical style and the monument of the holy brothers St. St. Cyril and Methodius is an inseparable part of it. There is also fantastic garden in front of the library when the tourist can relax and to drink some coffee.

  • Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia

On the other side of the Library, you can find other lovely building - The St. Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia or Sofia University. This is the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria. This building was constructed between 1924 and 1934 with the financial support of the brothers Evlogi Georgiev and Hristo Georgiev.

  • National Academy of Art

Opposite of the university you can find another impressive building – the building of the National Academy of Art, which till this very day is still considered to be the most prestigious Bulgarian institution for training professional artists.

  • Central Synagogue of Sofia

The Central Synagogue of Sofia is the second largest Sephardic (Spanish-Jewish) synagogue in Europe.

The Central Synagogue is the only Jewish house of worship in Sofia. It is located in the center of the city, near the shopping street “Pirotska”. The building existed from 1909 and was built by the Austrian architect Gruenanger.

  • Serdika

Visitors can see remnants of The Eastern Gate from the days when Sofia was Serdika and Sredets, dating from the 2nd-4th centuries CE. These remains are exhibited in the underpass connecting the Presidential Palace and The Ministerial Council, surrounded by shops selling traditional Bulgarian souvenirs and rosewater.

  • George Rotunda

The St. George church is the oldest Eastern European Orthodox church, protected by UNESCO. The building stands several meters under the contemporary ground level. The temple is a part of an entire architectural complex of archaeological monuments, consisting of the base remains from a large basilica.

  • Hagia Sophia Church

The Hagia Sophia Church is the second oldest church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, dating to the 6th century. In the 14th century, the church gave its name to the city, previously known as Sredets.

  • Council of Minister Buildings

The Council of Ministers building is where the Bulgarian government meets every week and where the Bulgarian prime-minister is working. The prime minister office’s windows are facing the Presidency which outstands on 100 meters from the Government building.

The building is a part of the so-called Largo architectural complex. The complex consists of a square called Independence square, surrounded by 3-lane yellow-cobblestoned roads, and three imposing classic style edifices, excellent examples of the architectural from the Socialism period. 

There are also a lot of Museums in Sofia as:

The National Museum of History, one of the largest history museums on the Balkans with 650.000 items and the most extensive archaeological and historical archive. The Museum’s collections comprise materials from Prehistoric ages till our days.

The National Art Gallery, which houses more than 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art.

The Museum of Archaeology, who hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal

In The Sofia Art Gallery are presented facts of Bulgarian cultural history.

Other exciting buildings in the area are so-called Halite, the Central shopping building /ex TZUM/ and the Jamie Sofia.

  • Vitosha Boulevard

The Vitosha Blvd. is Sofia’s main shopping street. The retail outlets of many western brand names are concentrated on the stretch between Patriarch Eftimii Blvd. and St. Nedelya Square (Sheraton Hotel). It is a luxury shopping area.

Vitosha is a long street which cuts through the centre of Sofia and walking along Vitosha you’ll also see some of Sofia’s most beautiful buildings, such as the Sofia Court of Justice and Sveta Nedelya Orthodox Church. The boulevard іs abundant іn many posh stores, restaurants аnd bars.

  • Shopping Malls in Sofia

There are many Malls in Sofia, who offers fantastic shopping spree and a lot of fun for everyone as a screen cinema, including 4DX, carting area, Funtopia, a rooftop amusement park, a ping-pong club, a climbing center.

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