Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Sofia
The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is located right on front of the Christina Church of St Sophia and - as the name suggests - it commemorates all those Bulgarian soldiers who died in wars.
The monument, designed by Nikolas Nikolov, is not really spectacular and it is easy to miss, as most people would rather notice the imposing sitting lion (the symbol of Bulgaria) right by it. Only later one gets to notice the monument itself with its eternal flame.
There's a stone inscription, taken from a poem by Ivan Vazov, which reads in English:
O BULGARIA, FOR YOU THEY DIED,
ONLY ONE WERE YOU WORTHY OF THEM
AND THEY OF YOU WORTHY, O MOTHER, WERE!
"Bulgaria,for you they died,
You were the only one for them
And they worthy of you, mother..."
This sign is written in the Tomb of the unknown soldier,located in the wall of St Sofia church on the left side of Alexander Nevski catheral.
There is no way to miss it if you look for the huge lion statue that is guarding it.
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When going to Alexander Nevski Cathedral you migh take a minute and have a look at the Unknown Soldier Monument.
On your left hand side when facing the main entrance of the cathedrel you will see a statue of a lion.
If you look further you will see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal burning flame beside the wall of St. Sofia church.
I know that there are similar monuments all over the world but I don't think we should pass them by without paying repect to the "insignificant" people who had died for "great" ideas.
During national holidays flowers are brought here, in front of the eternal fire, to commemorate the heroes, who died for the cause of Bulgarian freedom.