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Sofia, the largest city and the capital of Bulgaria, lies at the foothills of the majestic Vitosha Mountain. Its beautiful location and magnificent history that stretches over 7 millennia make it one of the most exotic cities in the world. Sofia is home to some of the most remarkable and unique sights in Europe, such as the Snail Home (a beautiful home that is shaped and decorated to resemble a snail), the National History Museum (one of the most extensive museums of Eastern Europe), old world cobblestone boulevards, charming boutiques, excellent public transportation systems, countless restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Roman ruins, ancient mosques, Byzantine churches along with 20th century stucco buildings might dominate the streets, but the tree shaped boulevards, wide open avenues and old world plazas ensure that the old world romance and charms are still intact.
Sofia offers its visitors with a unique “organized chaos” that characterizes almost all of its attractions as well as its people. Many might find the city to be unwelcoming at the first sight, but Sofia is known to slowly grow onto its visitors and entice them with its breathtaking natural beauty, excellent cafe culture and never ending things to do. There's plenty of serious attractions, drama, musical entertainment, cultural events, jazzy bars and clubs and urban pursuits to choose from.
What makes Sofia so unique is that it might not count as a sprawling metropolis and neither does it rank among one of the most modern or one of the most historical ones, but it still manages to offer its visitors with a perfect blend of all three worlds and ensures that there is something unique and exciting for all sorts of travellers.
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|1. St Sofia
2 Paris Street
|What is it? St Sofia is the oldest Eastern Orthodox
church in the city, dating from the 4th to 6th century, and is
regarded as one of the most significant examples of early Christian
architecture in the Balkans. In the 14th century the church gave
its name to the city of Sofia, meaning 'holy wisdom'. During the
Turkish rule the church was converted into a mosque, but was
abandoned after two successive earthquakes destroyed one of the
minarets almost 30 years later, and it was again converted into an
orthodox church. Local legends credit St Sofia's miraculous powers
for its protection over the centuries, surviving occupations and
natural disasters to remain as a spiritual inspiration to the
Hours of Operation:
Phone:(0)2 870 971
|2. St George Rotunda
5 Ploshtad Sveta Nedelya
|What is it? The rotunda church of St George is considered
to be the oldest building in Sofia, dating to the 4th century, and
is situated amid the remains of the ancient Roman town of Serdica.
St George Rotunda is famous for its exquisite architecture and
layers of medieval frescoes that were discovered under a covering
of plaster. The magnificent dome is protected by UNESCO and the
church functions at present as a museum.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 1pm and 3pm to
Phone:(0)2 981 6541
|3. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
1 St Alexander Nevsky Square
|What is it? One of the finest examples of 20th-century
architecture in Sofia and one of the symbols of the city, the
magnificent Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built between 1882 and
1912 to honour the Russian soldiers who died fighting to liberate
Bulgaria from Turkish rule in the war of 1878 under Tsar Alexander
II. The famous church-monument is situated on the tree-lined square
of the same name, which also contains the Monument of the Unknown
Soldier with its eternal flame. The impressive five-nave basilica
houses an interior just as splendid, with mosaics, stained glass
windows, marble and woodcarvings as well as frescoes that cover the
walls and domes. The underground crypt houses the Icon Museum
featuring icon paintings from across the country that represents
masterpieces from the 9th to the 18th
Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 5.30pm. Museum opens 10am to 6pm; closed
Phone:(0)2 877 697
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