Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Sofia, Bulgaria


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 6.3 km
Ascend 80 m
Descend 101 m

Explore Sofia in Bulgaria with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in SofiaIndividual Sights in Sofia

Sight 1: Intercession of the Mother of God

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The Shroud of the Virgin Mary is an Orthodox church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, located not far from the Russian Monument. It was built in 1922 – 26 by Yordanka Filaretova. The iconostasis is one of the few original gold-plated iconostases in Bulgaria. It is made in Mount Athos.

Wikipedia: Покров Богородичен (София) (BG)

437 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 2: Russian Monument

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Russian MonumentBoby 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)

418 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 3: Арменска църква Св. Богородица

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"Holy Virgin" is a church of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Sofia, Bulgaria, located at 6 Lajos Kossuth Street in Sofia, in the Debar Garden.

Wikipedia: Света Богородица (арменска църква в София) (BG)

1045 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 4: Света Петка Стара

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Света Петка Стара

"St. Petka the Elder" is an ancient Orthodox church in the center of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Wikipedia: Света Петка Стара (София) (BG)

173 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Holy Nedelya Church

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Saint Nedelya Cathedral, is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a cathedral of the Sofia bishopric of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. The temple of Sveta Nedelya dates back to the 10th century, being a cathedral of the city from the 18th century. The sacred building 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. The relics of the Serbian king Stefan Uroš II Milutin are kept in the church.

Wikipedia: Saint Nedelya Cathedral, Sofia (EN), Website

203 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Church of St Petka of the Saddlers

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The Church of St Petka of the Saddlers is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Wikipedia: Church of St Petka of the Saddlers (EN)

304 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: National Archaeological Institute with Museum

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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), Website

249 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: National Art Gallery

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The National Art Gallery is Bulgaria's national gallery, and houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art.

Wikipedia: National Art Gallery, Bulgaria (EN), Website

152 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: National Ethnographic Museum

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National Ethnographic MuseumPudelek (Marcin Szala) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Ethnographic Institute with Museum is a state cultural institution at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia for the development of ethnology and the parallel preservation of the material riches of the past of the Bulgarian people.

Wikipedia: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с етнографски музей (BG)

378 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 10: Ivan Vazov National Theatre

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Ivan Vazov National Theatre Plamen Agov (user:MrPanyGoff) / CC BY-SA 3.0

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), Website

222 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 11: Къща-музей Иван Вазов

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The house-museum "Ivan Vazov" is located on the corner of ul. "Rakovski" and ul. "Ivan Vazov", from which is the entrance. This is the first literary museum in Bulgaria. It was opened on November 26, 1926.

Wikipedia: Къща музей „Иван Вазов“ (София) (BG), Website, Facebook

102 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 12: Сълза и смях

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New Drama Theatre "Tears and Laughter" is the successor of the name of the oldest professional Bulgarian theater troupe, established in 1892, 12 years before the founding of the National Theater.

Wikipedia: Нов драматичен театър „Сълза и смях“ (BG), Website

486 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 13: National Opera and Ballet

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The National Opera and Ballet is a national cultural institution in Bulgaria that covers opera and ballet. It is based in an imposing building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Wikipedia: National Opera and Ballet of Bulgaria (EN), Website

289 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: St. Sophia

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St. SophiaKlearchos 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 fourth 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)

0 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 15: The Unknown Soldier

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The Unknown Soldier 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)

254 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 16: National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

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National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

The National Assembly (Bulgarian: Народно събрание, romanized: Narodno Sabranie is the unicameral parliament and legislative body of the Republic of Bulgaria. The first National Assembly was established in 1879 with the Tarnovo Constitution.

Wikipedia: National Assembly (Bulgaria) (EN)

466 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 17: Vasil Levski Monument

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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)

487 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 18: Doctors Memorial

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The Plovdiv Monument is a monument in the Doctor's Garden in Sofia. It was built in 1882 – 1884 by the design of the Czech architect A. I. Tomasek. It is a truncated four-sided pyramid at the top with a granite sarcophagus. On the four sides of the bulging stones are carved the names of 531 doctors and orderlies who died in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 – 1878, most of whom worked in the mission of the Russian Red Cross and fell in the battles at Pleven, Plovdiv, Mechka and Shipka peak.

Wikipedia: Докторски паметник (BG)

23 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 19: Doctors' Garden

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The Doctors' Garden is a park in the Bulgarian capital Sofia between the Oborishte and Shipka streets. It is located behind the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library and close to many of the historical monuments and state institutions in the capital.

Wikipedia: Doctors' Garden (EN)

607 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 20: Парк Заимов

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Zaimov is a park in Sofia, named after General Vladimir Zaimov. Sofia Drama Theatre, Sfumato Theatre Laboratory and the Regional Health Centre are located in the park.

Wikipedia: Заимов (парк в София) (BG)


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