28 Sights in Sofia, Bulgaria (with Map and Images)

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1. Паметник на Съветската армия

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The Monument to the Soviet Army is a monument located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. There is a large park around the statue and the surrounding areas. It is a popular place where many young people gather. The monument is located on Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, near Orlov Most and the Sofia University. It portrays a soldier from the Soviet Army as a freedom fighter, surrounded by a Bulgarian woman, holding her baby, and a Bulgarian man. There are other, secondary sculptural composition parts of the memorial complex around the main monument, like the group of soldiers which have been used many times as a canvas by political artists. The monument was built in 1954 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Army, which is the general Russian interpretation of the complex Military history of Bulgaria during World War II.

Wikipedia: Monument to the Soviet Army, Sofia (EN)

2. Св. Георги Победоносец

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"St. George" is an Orthodox temple built in late antiquity in the architectural form of the rotunda, in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It is located in the courtyard between the buildings of hotel Balkan and the Presidency on a level a few meters lower than the modern Sofia streets. Considered the oldest preserved building in the city, it was built at the beginning of the 4th century, no later than when Sofia was the residence of the Emperors Galerius and Constantine the Great. In the temple there is a daily Orthodox worship service in the ancient Liturgical language of the Orthodox Slavs – Old Bulgarian, with chants being performed in the characteristic of the ancient Orthodox Church – eastern church singing, known as Bulgarian and Byzantine.

Wikipedia: Свети Георги (ротонда) (BG)

3. Храм-паметник Св. Александър Невски

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Храм-паметник Св. Александър Невски Pudelek (Marcin Szala) / CC BY-SA 3.0

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the 50 largest Christian church buildings by volume in the world. It is one of Sofia's symbols and primary tourist attractions. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 5,000 people inside. It is among the 10 largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings. It is the largest cathedral in the Balkans. It is believed that up until the year 2000 it was the largest finished Orthodox cathedral.

Wikipedia: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia (EN)

4. Национален археологически институт с музей

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The National Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It occupies the building of the largest and oldest former Ottoman mosque in the city, originally known as Koca Mahmut Paşa Camii. The construction started in 1451 under grand vizier Veli Mahmud Pasha but due to his death in 1474 the mosque has been completed in 1494. The museum was established as a separate entity in 1893 as the National Museum directed by Czech Václav Dobruský with its headquarters in the former mosque that previously housed the National Library between 1880 and 1893.

Wikipedia: National Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria (EN)

5. Николай И. Пирогов

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Николай И. Пирогов UnknownUnknown / Public domain

Nikolay Ivanovich Pirogov was a Russian scientist, medical doctor, pedagogue, public figure, and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1847), one of the most widely recognized Russian physicians. Considered to be the founder of field surgery, he was the first surgeon to use anaesthesia in a field operation (1847) and one of the first surgeons in Europe to use ether as an anaesthetic. He is credited with invention of various kinds of surgical operations and developing his own technique of using plaster casts to treat fractured bones.

Wikipedia: Nikolay Pirogov (EN)

6. Иван Вазов

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Ivan Minchov Vazov was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature". He was born in Sopot, a town in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. The works of Ivan Vazov reveal two historical epochs - the Bulgarian Renaissance and the Post-Liberation epoch. Ivan Vazov holds the highest honorary title of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Academician. He acted as Education and People Enlightenment Minister from September 7, 1897, until January 30, 1899, representing the People's Party.

Wikipedia: Ivan Vazov (EN)

7. Софийски римски амфитеатър

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The Amphitheatre of Serdica was an amphitheatre in the Ancient Roman city of Ulpia Serdica, now Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Discovered in 2004 and the subject of excavations in 2005 and 2006, the ruins of the amphitheatre lie on two adjacent sites in the centre of modern Sofia. The amphitheatre was built in the 3rd–4th century AD on top of a 2nd–3rd century theatre, which had been ravaged by the Goths. However, the amphitheatre remained in use for less than a century and was abandoned by the 5th century.

Wikipedia: Amphitheatre of Serdica (EN)

8. Гео Милев

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Geo Milev is a park in Sofia located in the Geo Milev district of the Slatina region. It was named after Geo Milev, a Bulgarian poet and publicist. It is designated as a district park (garden). It borders Kalimanci and Ivan Sterev streets in the north, Slatinska streets in the east, Geo Milev and Manastiarska streets in the south and Kocani streets in the west. Atanas Uzunov Street runs through the park in the north-south direction. There are playgrounds, open-air gyms and cafes in the park.

Wikipedia: Гео Милев (парк в София) (BG)

9. Света Неделя

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Sveta Nedelya Church is an Eastern Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a cathedral of the Sofia bishopric of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. Sveta Nedelya is a medieval church that has suffered destruction through the ages and has been reconstructed many times. The present building of the temple is among the landmarks of Sofia. It was designed by the famous Bulgarian architectural team Vasilyov-Tsolov.

Wikipedia: St Nedelya Church (EN)

10. Св. Патриарх Евтимий

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Св. Патриарх Евтимий Stolichanin / Public domain

Saint Euthymius of Tarnovo was Patriarch of Bulgaria between 1375 and 1393. Regarded as one of the most important figures of medieval Bulgaria, Euthymius was the last head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the Second Bulgarian Empire. Arguably the best esteemed of all Bulgarian patriarchs, Euthymius was a supporter of hesychasm and an authoritative figure in the Eastern Orthodox world of the time.

Wikipedia: Euthymius of Tarnovo (EN)

11. Свети Седмочисленици

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The Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church and formerly The Black Mosque is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was created between 1901 and 1902 as an Ottoman mosque later converted into orthodox Church, and was inaugurated on 27 July 1903. The church is named after Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples, known in the Orthodox Church collectively as the Sedmochislenitsi.

Wikipedia: Seven Saints Church, Sofia (EN)

12. Национален антропологичен музей

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The National Anthropological Museum was established on March 21, 2007 as part of the system of museums at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences under the patronage of the Institute of Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology with a museum at bas. It is located in the town of Varna. Sofia, at 100 000 Blvd. 73 Tsarigradsko Shose Str., next to the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Wikipedia: Национален антропологичен музей (BG)

13. Незнайния воин

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Незнайния воин David Holt / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is a monument in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, located just next to the 6th-century Church of St Sophia, on 2 Paris Street. The monument commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian soldiers who died in wars defending their homeland. Ceremonies involving the President of Bulgaria and foreign state leaders are often performed here.

Wikipedia: Monument to the Unknown Soldier, Sofia (EN)

14. Национален военноисторически музей

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The National Military History Museum is a museum dedicated to military history in Sofia, Bulgaria. A structure of the Ministry of Defence, it has existed under various names and subordinate to various institutions since 1 August 1914. It consists of 5,000 m2 of indoor and 40,000 m2 outdoor exhibition area, changing exhibits, a library and a computer centre.

Wikipedia: National Museum of Military History, Bulgaria (EN)

15. Резиденция Бояна

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Резиденция Бояна Edal Anton Lefterov / CC BY-SA 3.0

Boyana Residence is an architectural and park complex serving as the official residence of the President, vice president and government of the Republic of Bulgaria. It is located in the capital Sofia, Boyana district, from where it bears its name. The area, with an area of about 60 hectares, is under state guard, with limited access for outsiders.

Wikipedia: Бояна (резиденция) (BG)

16. Театрална работилница Сфумато

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Theatre Workshop "Sfumato" was founded in 1989 by the directors Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev as an alternative to the traditional Sofia theaters. He emphasizes the programs at the expense of the repertoire. An example of the Sfumatovsky "programs" are the series of performances on Dostoyevsky, followed by those on Strindberg.

Wikipedia: Театрална работилница „Сфумато“ (BG)

17. Св. София

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Св. София Klearchos Kapoutsis from Paleo Faliro, Greece / CC BY 2.0

The Saint Sofia Church is the oldest church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, dating to the 4th century. In the predecessor building took place the Council of Serdica held most probably in 343 and attended by 316 bishops. In the 14th century, the church gave its name to the city, previously known as Serdika (Сердика).

Wikipedia: Saint Sophia Church, Sofia (EN)

18. Градска градина

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The City Garden is Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria's oldest and most central public garden, in existence since 1872. It is located between Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard to the north, Knyaz Alexander Battenberg Street to the west and Joseph Vladimirovich Gourko Street to the south, in the historical centre of the city.

Wikipedia: City Garden (Sofia) (EN)

19. Паметник на Васил Левски

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The Monument to Vasil Levski in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is one of the first monuments to be built in the then newly liberated Principality of Bulgaria. It commemorates the hanging of Bulgarian national hero and major revolutionary figure Vasil Levski on the same spot on 18 February 1873.

Wikipedia: Monument to Vasil Levski, Sofia (EN)

20. Руски паметник

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Руски паметник Boby Dimitrov from Sofia, Bulgaria / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Russian Monument is a monument in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The first monument to be built in the capital of the newly liberated Principality of Bulgaria, it was unveiled on 29 June 1882 and is located on the road which Osman Nuri Paşa used to flee from Sofia to Pernik on 22 December 1877.

Wikipedia: Russian Monument, Sofia (EN)

21. Народен театър „Иван Вазов“

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The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is Bulgaria's national theatre, as well as the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is located in the centre of the city, with the facade facing the City Garden.

Wikipedia: Ivan Vazov National Theatre (EN)

22. Римокатолическа църква Свети Йосиф

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St. Joseph is a Christian church and one of the largest Roman Catholic temples in Bulgaria. It is located in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, where the assistant bishop of Sofia-Plovdiv diocese is located and is an affiliated cathedral of St. Ludwig Church in Plovdiv.

Wikipedia: Свети Йосиф (катедрала) (BG)

23. Централна минерална баня

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The Central Mineral Baths is a landmark in the city center of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a city known for the mineral springs in the area. It was built in the early 20th century near the former Turkish bath and was used as the city's public baths until 1986.

Wikipedia: Sofia Central Mineral Baths (EN)

24. Катедарлен храм “Успение Богородично”

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The Parish of St. John XXIII of Sofia is a Christian parish in Bulgaria and the only parish of the Eastern Catholic Church united with the Roman Bulgarians. The Bishop of Sofia is headquartered in Sofia, located in the Cathedral of the Ascension of Our Lady.

Wikipedia: Софийска апостолическа екзархия (BG)

25. Национален исторически музей

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The National Historical Museum in Sofia is Bulgaria's largest museum. It was founded on 5 May 1973. A new representative exhibition was opened in the building of the Court of Justice on 2 March 1984, to commemorate the 13th centenary of the Bulgarian state.

Wikipedia: National Historical Museum, Bulgaria (EN)

26. Княз Александър I Батенберг

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The Memorial Tomb of Alexander I of Battenberg, better known as the Battenberg Mausoleum in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the mausoleum and final resting place of Prince Alexander I of Bulgaria (1857–1893), the first Head of State of modern Bulgaria.

Wikipedia: Battenberg Mausoleum (EN)

27. Света Параскева

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Света Параскева Klearchos Kapoutsis from Paleo Faliro, Greece / CC BY 2.0

The Church of St Paraskeva is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The church, dedicated to Saint Paraskeva, is located on 58 Georgi Rakovski Street in the centre of the city. It is the third-largest church in Sofia.

Wikipedia: Church of St Paraskeva, Sofia (EN)

28. Св. Николай Чудотворец

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"St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker", known as the Russian Church, is an Orthodox church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia dedicated to St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker. It is among the iconic buildings of the city.

Wikipedia: Руска църква (София) (BG)

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