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 1953.
The Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library can be found east of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, just adjacent to Sofia's university.
Address: Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library, Vasil Levski blvd. 88, Sofia
The Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library was founded in 1878. The original building was destroyed during the bombing of Sofia in the Second World War. It was then reconstructed in a Neo-classical style. Outside the library is a lovely little square containing a statue of the saints.
Founded on the 10 december 1878 the National Librairy "Cyril and MEthodii" is the biggest one in our country. At first the book funds were gathered mainly by donations from bulgarian and russian cityzens. The building was serously damaged by during the english-american bombardments over sofia in 1944.Totally destroying the building, burning the workshop for book binding all together with its materials, catalogs, books and archives,part of the main funds and own eddition. The rebuilding of the Library was made after 9 september 1944 under the guidance of professor T.Borov ( 1 dec 1944 - 1 april 1949 ).From the 23 january 1950 it was named "State Library "Vassil Kolarov "( from 5 september 1959 was renamed to "National") and finally on 12 sept 1963 took its present name "National Library "Cyril and Methodii"
It wasn't intended to ends up visiting the National library, but we get somewhat lost in Sofia and we crashed into a huge and beautful building....after further investigations we (me and Cinzia, it isn't a royal plural!) find out that it was the National Library. I don't know the period in which that was builded, but it seems to me in perfect Comunist style.....which is, of course, monumental and impressive.
I'll never forget the parades I participated in during my childhood - 6th or 7th grade for the 24th of May - when we, Bulgarians, celebrate the creation of the Cyrilic Alphabet and Slavonic Culture. Downtown was closed for traffic and every school in Sofia would make a banner with the school's name and have a couple of students carrying it, while others are waving at people, who would stop and watch. We would stop right in front of this building and listen to the minister of culture, or some other important person, who would usually give a speech.
The national library is an imposing structure built in neoclassical style in the middle of the last century. Old Cliffie spent many afternoons there, toiling over dusty manuscripts detailing the futility and the horror of the 1876 rebellion against the Turks. When he got bored with boyars and bashibazouks - landowners and irregular Turkish troops - he used to nip into the library coffee shop to practise his Bulgarian with the staff. Or was he really chatting up the waitresses?