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Museum of Socialist Art Guided Tour in Sofia
"The tour will begin with a short stop at the monument of the soviet army. Then you will reach the museum of socialist art using the public transport. First in the museum you will watch a short movie about the most specific features of the communist past Dimitar Blagoev Vasil Kolarov Todor Zhivkov Vladimir Lenin. You will be able to admire the typical socialist realism represented by statues of unknown partisans workers red army – soldiers. The inner exposition consists of some eminent paintings and plastics
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Sofia Retro Bike Tour
"The tour starts at the beginning of the main pedestrian street Vitosha in front of the entrance of the subway station NDK. You will bike towards it and stop in front of the Largo complex. Built in 1950's the three building of the government are typical with their new-classical architecture or Stalinist style. Bike b the complex is representative for the period of late 80's (happy socialism). Then you will go to one of the living quarters which was initially built during the 50's but it was still growing in the 70's and 80's. 15 minutes away from it is our next stop - the monument of the Soviet army. It is the biggest monument in the country of that time and it is still standing right in paintings and news-roll movies making the so called socialist realism in art. The last stop of the tour is the National museum of Military History. There you can see some of the out-of-date arms made during the Cold war in the USSR and Bulgaria. In the p"""The city is the capital of Bulgaria since 1879. Until 1944 the Bulgarian state was developing rapidly and Sofia was smoothly changed from a muddy-street small town into a modern capital city. But in the end of the world war II the Soviet army occupied th
From EUR35.00
 
Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
"Meet your expert guide and the rest of your small group in central Sofia and set off on your walking tour. Filled with elegant buildings and squares Sofia is a dream to explore. As you stroll discover the main landmarks hear insights about the city’s history and culinary heritage and enjoy three or four food stops to try delicious local specialities.Walk past the stately National Theater and admire the King’s Palace and the Presidency building. Then stop at a cozy cafe popular with the locals. Savor some shopska — a salad made from cucumber tomatoes
From EUR35.00

More Local Customs in Sofia

Hot holy water

No, idea what is this meant. By coincidence we pass through this sacred place. I've seen people drink this water from the tap. While I look around I see a sign (holy water). Out of curiousity Didier...
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shavy
Sep 13, 2015

Traditional dance after dinner

We have no idea what was going during our dinner. This was inside the restaurant while some people are standing and start to dance. I don't know if this the tradition here dancing after dinner. In...
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shavy
Sep 13, 2015

Traditional Bulgarian Dance

If you happen visiting Sofia in summer months, you'll noticed all outdoor activities will held. Wandering around there were always something to discover. Local knows how to entertain their visitors....
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shavy
Sep 13, 2015

Icons

As you journey through the country you will encounter many Bulgarian icons...The icons play an important role in the religious life of the Bulgarian people. They are beautiful portraits of Christ or...
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shavy
Aug 03, 2013

The New Tourist Information Centre

Following the completion, in 2009, of the Metro station St Kliment Ohridski Sofia now has an all-singing, all-dancing, multi-media Tourist Information Centre located in the Metro station's...
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johngayton
Nov 24, 2011

Bulgarian Language

The Bulgarian language belongs to the Slavic linguistic group and is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. So if you can't read Cyrillic letters it will probably be a bit difficult to navigate through the...
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HORSCHECK
Mar 01, 2010
 
 
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Popa

The statue of Popa is a very popular meeting point of the people in Sofia. So it comes at no surprise that it was also our meeting point for the VT meeting.Popa means priest. And the priest is...
yumyum
Oct 24, 2009

Filling Up Your Water Bottle

Aside from its strategic location in the valley between the Balkans and the Plana-Zavala Mountains probably the main reason why the city of Sofia became a city in the first place is the abundance of...
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johngayton
May 03, 2008

Waitress habits.

Waitress usually keep the change rounding at the higer integer leva. This is a bit unplesant use that occur to me three times in two days, so that I assumed it is a local custom. To all the Bulgarian...
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Basandro
Jun 15, 2006

Meeting place: 'Popa'

There is a common place where the local people arrange to meet each other. It is called informally 'Popa' named after the monument there.Location: the crossroad of the streets Graf Ignatiev, Partriarh...
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Childish
Apr 03, 2006

Martenica

This is one of the Bulgarian customs: in March we give Marteniza to our friends and to the family members to wish them health and happiness.Once you receive a Marteniza you should wear it until you...
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Childish
Apr 01, 2006

The Day of the Lie (April Fool's Day)

1 April is BIG! We call it the Day of the Lie, even tough officially it's the Internation Day of Humour and Satire. We do mean the business - you have to fool at least one person. It's very common, so...
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Scarlie
Mar 31, 2006

Superstition

Many people come to the Russian Church to pray to Bulgarian Bishop Serafim (1881-1950), buried in the crypt and regarded by many as a saint. People write messages and wishes for miracles on the sheets...
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viddra
Jan 14, 2006

Having a Coffee

Let's "Have a Coffee" is a saying for "let's see each other". I always make fun out of it as I rarely drink coffee and these coffee meetings could take a whole afternoon....We,Bulgarians are not used...
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desert_princess
Dec 03, 2005

Top Hotels in Sofia

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1 Boulevard Bulgaria, PO Box 325, Sofia, 1421, Bulgaria
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1 Gurko Street, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria
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4 Narodno Sabranie Square, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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14 Todor Aleksandov Boulevard, Sofia, 1303, Bulgaria
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5 Sveta Nedelya Square, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria
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Solunska Street 30, Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria
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Top Things to Do in Sofia

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Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

Well worth a visit to this especially when celebrated liturgy. We were there the day of the Holy Spirit and the experience was unique. From a hundred tourists who come and go watching with...
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Public Bath

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...
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Vitosha

It is the main shopping street and one of the most expensive shopping areas in Sofia, starting from the National Palace of Culture and extends to St. Nedelya Suare. An area just for pedestrians,...
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Banya Bashi Mosque

I believe that this remnant of the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria is the only functioning mosque in Sofia. It dates from the 15th Century and did seem to attract many worshippers. I was planning to visit,...
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NDK - National Palace of Culture

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,...
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National Theater

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...
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"Sofia Guide - One of the Oldest Cities in Europe"
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hekate

"My home town"
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ChristinaNest

"Sofia"
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"First Steps to Explaning Bulgarian Spirit"
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"Sofia - Capital at the foot of Mount Vitosha"
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