Oblast Grad Sofiya Things to Do

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Oblast Grad Sofiya Things to Do

  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

    Sofia Things to Do

    Sofia's real gem - there's no doubt about that - is the stunning gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. What catches one's eye straight away, even from the distance, is the large 45 m high gold-plated dome. As you come neaerer, however, you'll notice two smaller gold-plated domes. The cathedral's construction is somewhat recent as it dates back...

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  • NDK - National Palace of Culture

    Sofia Things to Do

    I cant remember why we decided from the city center down to NDK, the truth is that it was very cold that morning, there was still snow on the pavements but it was nice to see the city in action, locals going to work and we had the chance to check some small stores on the way etc When we arrived at NDK (national palace of culture) we realized that...

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  • Vitosha

    Sofia Things to Do

    Vitosha is a mountain and its very near to the city. This is accepted as natural advantage to have your ski resorts so near to the city like it is in Bursa ( in Turkiye) Mt. Cherni Vrah (The Black Peak) is on 2290 m. There are also very nice restaurants on the top.You can enjoy also the view the city from the top .

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  • Public Bath

    Sofia Things to Do

    Sofia area was famous for its mineral springs so it’s no surprise they had public baths since 16th century. Sofia public Mineral Baths (Sofiyska gradska mineralna banya ) was built in 1908 on the same spot where the former Turkish baths were. Although the main style is Vienna Secession the architects used a lot of byzantine religious elements for...

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  • Banya Bashi Mosque

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    The Banya Bashi Mosque (literally "many baths") was built over natural thermal spas and named after the neighbouring Central Baths. The mosque was completed in 1576 and is therefore one of the oldest in Europe, as well as the last functioning mosque in Sofia. During Communist rule it was closed. Directions: The Banya Bashi Mosque can be found at...

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  • National Theater

    Sofia Things to Do

    This is my favourite building here in Sofia. Architecture is very nice and can catch a play/musical if you have an inkling to experience Bulgarian theatre. The area immediately surrounding has several cafes/bars, as well as a newly renovated fountain and garden. All around quite nice! This theater is amazing. From the architecture to the artwork...

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  • Sinagoga

    Sofia Things to Do

    Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) is one of the biggest synagogues in Europe, actually the second largest Sephardic (spanish-jewish) synagogue in Europe. Most of the jewish that came to Bulgaria during the 15th century when they were expelled from christian Spain, and accepted in ottoman empire. In 20th century they were a...

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  • Parliament

    3 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    The National Assembly of Bulgaria, established in 1879 is the seat of the country's parliament. it is another of the city's great buildings, both in terms of architecture and historic significance. The building, in Neo-Renaissance style, dates back to 1886. it is the same building that is portrayed on the back of some of 20 leva banknotes. y. It...

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  • Statue of Saint Sofia

    Sofia Things to Do

    The 21 m high Statue of St. Sofia (Statuya na Sveta Sofia) was erected in 2000 on a site which was once occupied by a Lenin statue. It was designed by the Bulgarian sculptor George Chapkanov. St. Sofia is the city's patron, although she is not a religious saint. The bird in her left hand symbolises the wisdom of St. Sofia. Directions: The Statue...

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  • Church of Sveta Nedelya

    Sofia Things to Do

    Sveta Nedelya is an eastern orthodox cathedral. Nedelya means Sunday , so the name must be from Saint Sunday, a christian martyr of the 3rd Century, but some others claim that it has to do with the greek word kiriaki (Sunday in greek), the day of the lord, maybe that’s why the church was called Sveti Kral, Holy King in the late 19th century) It’s...

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  • Russian Church

    Sofia Things to Do

    The church is small and ornate, with five onion domes. There was renovation work taking place when I visited, however it was very busy. Many of the worshippers were quite young. The sarcophagus of Bishop Serafim is in the church, it is full of hand written wishes from Bulgarians when the Bishop's sarcophagus was placed in the church. He lived...

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  • National Opera and Ballet

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    The National Opera and Ballet is an imposing building hidden in a side-street of the center. The building was established in 1953. The acoustic is perfect and - especially if you are not an opera lover - this is the place to experience it: not only for its top notch quality, but also for its low prices. An experience not to miss. Outside, there's...

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  • Halite Market

    Sofia Things to Do

    I love visiting open air markets in every city but in late February with freezing temperatures and snow all over it was much better to visit the Central Market of Sofia. In Central Market (Tsentralni Hali) not only we had the chance to drink a coffee and have lunch there but we were surprised of the building itself, the numerous smalls stores...

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  • Slaveikov Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    You can find there not only the newest books but also antique books, text books, second hand books, etc. You may sit on the bench next to two of the most famous Bulgarian authors Petko Slavejkov and Pencho Slavejkov. The square is named after them.

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  • King's Palace

    Sofia Things to Do

    There is a representative exhibition of works - paintings and sculptures from Bulgarian authors and others, for example Dechko Uzunov, Ivan Mrkvcka, Ivan Lazarov, etc. There are labels in Bulgarian and in English. entrance fee: 4lv, but there are also different types of discounts Visit this page from pics from inside. National Ethnographic Museum...

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  • University - Kliment Ohridsky

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    One of the city's most imposing buildings is “St. Kliment Ohridski” university, which translates into St. Clement of Ohrid University - though it is better known - simply - as Sofia University. Founded in 1888, as an institution, it's the country's oldest university. The building where it is located, however, was built between 1924 and 1934. The...

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  • Church of Sveta Sofia

    Sofia Things to Do

    Saint Sofia Church (or „Sveta Sofia“) is the second oldest church in the city, as well as the one which gave the city its name it is located in a reddish building slightly hidden behind some trees and branched. Its history is a troubled one. The first building dates back to the 6th century and was a roman place of worship first and a theater...

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  • Boyana Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    It's an unassuming 11th- and 13th-century building surrounded by lush vegetation, but UNESCO-listed Boyana Church evokes awe in art historians who struggle to explain how the three-dimensional facial expressions in the frescoes covering the interior came to be painted during the 13th century, since this innovation was ushered in by Italian...

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  • Archeological Museum

    Sofia Things to Do

    National Archeological Museum is housed on former Buyuk Mosque(Big Mosque that dates from 1494!). The collection goes from prehistoric to medieval times. Not very big in size for such a museum I had the time to read the (simple) signs (both in bulgarian and english) especially about items that were related with thracian, greek and roman period....

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  • National Museum of History

    Sofia Things to Do

    Built by the Communist dictator Todor Zhivkov, the building alone is worth the journey: A fabulous brooding presence at the foot of Vitosha, the "Palace" (it has no bedrooms; only huge entrance areas and massive meeting halls) has a wealth of '70s design detailing, and clearly no expense was spared in ensuring that the proportions suitably awed and...

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  • Monument of the Red Army

    Sofia Things to Do

    Soviet Statues - maybe I'm a bit of a Commie at heart but I love all the Soviet style monuments. In Sofia the Red Army Monument in the Soviet Army Park was interesting. It was built in by the Russians in 1954. On a 34 metre high pillar stands a Red Army soldier leading a happy and thankful Bulgarian couple to freedom. Bronze bas-reliefs around the...

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  • St Georges Rotunda

    Sofia Things to Do

    The church was built by the Romans in the 4th Century. It is one of the oldest preserved buildings in the city. The church is famous for it's three layers of frescoes which date back to the 10th Century. I have no images from within the church, due to a funeral taking place during our visit. There are ruins of buildings on view around the church.

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  • Shopping

    Sofia Things to Do

    I recommend this place for shopping, having fun and even having a dinner in a restaurant. The Sky City Mall is a place where you can go with your family without doubting if your children will feel well or not. They have the opportunity to stay in the big halls with games and bowling while you go shopping or drinking coffee. There are two coffee...

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  • Church of Sveta Petka Samardzhiska

    Sofia Things to Do

    A few meters away from Sveta Sofia monument you can see a small church that is almost hidden in the avenue as it is partly dug into ground. Church Sveta Petka Samardzhiska (St Petka of the Saddlers ) is very old, actually from medieval ages, probably it was part of the fortified town Serdika during the first Bulgarian kingdom. During the ottoman...

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  • National Library

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    The Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library is the oldest cultural institue in Bulgaria. It was founded in 1878. In 1944 the buildings of the library were totally destroyed during World War II air raids. The current neoclassical style building was desigend by the Bulgarian architects Ivan Vasiliov and Dimitar Tzolov and it was finished in...

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  • Borisova Garden

    Sofia Things to Do

    This is Sofia's biggest and best known park and is certainly well worth a wander, especially to escape from the ubiquitous infernal-combusting engined machines for a short while. Boris's Garden was constructed in the late 19th century as the behest of the then mayor, Ivan Hadzienhov to be showcase for Bulgaria's Capital City. A showcase it...

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  • Eagles Bridge

    3 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    This bridge crossing the River Perlovska marks the spot where Bulgarian prisoners of war, released from Ottoman prisons after liberation in 1878, re-entered the city. The prisoners were nicknamed the Eagles and are commemorated by a quartet of eagle sculptures mounted on pillars beside the bridge.

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  • Bulgarian Academy of Science

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Sofia Things to Do

    The Bulgarian academy of science is a nice building located in the very center of the city, among other prestigious buildings: it is near Parliament and just opposite hotel Radison. The academy was founded in 1869 and has 9 main sections united under three main branches. Despite its scientific importance, there's nothing to be seen inside the...

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  • Church of Sveti Sedmochislenitsi

    Sofia Things to Do

    Sveti sedmochislenitzi are the five students of Cyril and Methodii along with their enlighteners that were carrying the mission to spread and defend the Slavic Alphabet though the world . their names are - Kliment, Sava,Naum , Angelarii and Gorazd. Sveti Sedmochislenitzi church is an example of the Bulgarian national-romanticism. Build at the...

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  • Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

    Sofia Things to Do

    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...

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  • Subway

    Sofia Things to Do

    I never used the subway when I was in Sofia, primarily because the central attractions are all within walking distance of one another and it seemed that the subway system lead out of the centre. Nevertheless, Serdika station (named after the original name of Sofia) is the primarily means of crossing streets under the traffic of the city centre....

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  • City Art Gallery

    Sofia Things to Do

    Not exactly a must see activity but it is an option if you have a time to kill :) Sofia City Art Gallery (Sofiiska Gradska Hudojestvena Galeria) is showing works from its own fund and organising exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian and international artists. A little history :) As of 1952 Sofia City Art Gallery is an independent institution....

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  • Zoo - Zoologicheska Gradina

    Sofia Things to Do

    The Sofia zoo is the oldest and the biggest on the Balkan peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe. The new location of the zoo and the zoo itself is not as pleasant as the old one but still it is worth visiting because of the wide variety of species represented there. The zoo keeps many different and exotic representatives of the fauna, among...

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  • National Art Gallery

    Sofia Things to Do

    The National Art Gallery, located in a long yellow building right in the city center, showcases over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art. Even if you are not a fan of Bulgarian art, you should take a quick look to this building: in fact in the past it used to be the country's royal palace. The original location of the gallery was somewhere else, but...

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  • National Gallery for Foreign Arts

    Sofia Things to Do

    National Gallery for Foreign Art has a great art collection, most of the exhibits are donated by private collectors. The building was designed by Shwanberger and used to be the State Printing House that was bombed during WWII but restored. It opened to the public as a museum in 1985. There are numerous halls with different themes, usually focusing...

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  • Narodno Sabranie Square

    Sofia Things to Do

    Ploshtad 'Narodno sabranie' (National Assembly Square) is a very good starting point as there are many beautiful buildnigs, museums, churches and other places of interest around. At the square you can see the Parliament (National Assembly), The Bulgarian Academy of Science and the monument of the Russian Tzar Nikolai the Liberator. The monument is...

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  • Nezavisimost Square

    Sofia Things to Do

    "Nezavisimost" Square, from a different perspective. The people, who have gathered are most likely waiting to catch a "marshrutka" (a kind of a shuttle), whcih will take them home, in the suburbs. Concerning the building with the sharp roof, it's the former "Party House." Don't get me wrong, though. It's never been a pleasure spot (although some...

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  • Merova Poljana

    Next to the village of Zheljava on the way to the peak and hut Murgash. There is a monument of Angel Todorov - one of the group of revolutioneries lead by Hristo Botev (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hristo_Botev ). On this place he was captured by Ottomans and killed.It is possible to get to Merova poljana by car from village of Zheljava - the...

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  • Monastery near Buhovo

    Buhovo belongs to the industrial part of Sofia. But near this small town there is a monastery Maria Magdalena. We went their on 22th of July and it was a coincidence that the monastery has a holiday then. So it was full of pilgrims. The church is very small and odd. As you can see on the picture the nowadays church was built in 1881. It is rather...

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  • Lozen Monastery St. Spass

    The monastery was originally built according to different sources in 11-12th or in 13th century and then destroyed when Bulgaria fell under the rule of Ottoman turks.Then in was rebuilt in 17th century by a Greek monk.The church is impressive both with its architecture with 3 naves and its frescoes which were recently renovated.The monastery still...

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  • Frescoes of Church St. Spass in Lozen...

    Beside the architecture which I find very impressive the frescoes inside the church attract your attention immedially after you enter the church. The wall paintings and the architecture are the complement of one another.The frescoes were done Nikola Obrazopisov, Hristaki Zahgariev and Dimitar Dupnichanin. They were recently renovated (partially).

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  • Kremikovtsi Monastery

    It was build at the time of Ivan Alexander during the Second Bulgarian State. Then it was completely ruined by the Otoman troops and then in 1493 it was reconstructured.Currently the monastery is maintained just by one nun. It has been renovated since 1990.There are two churches there. There are amazing wall paintings inside the older one. The new...

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  • Katinski Piramidi (Pyramids in Katina)

    Katinski Piramidi are an interesting rock formation. Unfortunately it seems to me that they will disappear soon.

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