Oblast Grad Sofiya Things to Do

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Oblast Grad Sofiya Things to Do

  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

    Sofia Things to Do

    It was a Friday afternoon, and a group of European Facility Managers made a visit to the Cathedral. I think it was fair to say that most of the delegates were from northern Europe, and were not from the Orthodox rite. However, we did feel suitably impressed and our religious needs were satisfied. The St Alexander Nevski of Sofia is one of the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Banya Bashi Mosque

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • National Opera and Ballet

    Sofia Things to Do

    Sofia National Opera, founded in 1890, is the oldest and most prestigious Bulgarian opera theatre. There are many singers, conductors and directors who have contributed the the professional achievements of the Sofia National Opera. Some of the stars of world opera, such as Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ghena Dimitrova, Nicola Guselev, Anna Tomova-Sintova have...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parliament

    Sofia Things to Do

    This large cobbled square takes its name from the National Assembly building on its northern side. This building is home to parliament, on the roof are a row of Grecian-style urns. Above the entrance are the words "Unity is Strength". In front of the Radisson SAS Grand Hotel in the centre of the square is an equestrian statue of Tsar Alexander II...

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  • University - Kliment Ohridsky

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    University of Sofia Kliment Ohridski is in the most beautiful art of the city - very near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - and definitely helps to keep up the impression of artistic grandeur. The façade of the building is a far cry from the grey and stern government buildings of Ploshtad Nezavisimost and gives the impression of the Classical...

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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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  • Slaveikov Square

    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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  • 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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  • Boyana Church

    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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  • Eagles Bridge

    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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  • 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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  • Church of Sveta Sofia

    Sofia Things to Do

    Church of Sveta Sofia is the oldest eastern orthodox church in Sofia with a long and rich history. It was built in 6th century (probably during the reign of the byzantine emperor Justinian) on the site of earlier churches (from 4th century, remains of that mosaic can still be seen in the floor). It’s a typical byzantine basilica with red bricks. St...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • National Library

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    National Art Gallery was closed due to renovation of the building so we never went inside. The souvenir store was open though so I took some leaflets with information about the gallery. National Art Gallery is housed on the west wing of former royal palace and the building itself still looks nice (pics 1-2) but we also walked a bit on the park at...

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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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  • Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

    Sofia Things to Do

    "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. Go To NEXT PAGE

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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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  • Bulgarian Academy of Science

    Sofia Things to Do

    The Bulgarian Academy of Science is the national center for scientific research of all kinds including linguistics and technology as well as the "basic" sciences. . It was originally founded as the Bulgarian Learning Society in 1869. The oldest part of the present building was finished in 1893.

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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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