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Doctors Monument

Doctors Monument (Doctors Garden, Oborishte and San Stefano Streets, Sofia) – this monument was built and dedicated to medics who died in the Russian-Turkish War of 1878. Located behind the National Library and opposite the Sofia University in a beautiful garden park where there are archaeological remains of the necropolis, located here or around parliament.  […]

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Church of St. Sofia

Church of St. Sofia (Ploshtaf Aleksander Nevsky, Sofia) — The early Byzantine Church of St Sophia was built in the 6th century on the place of an ancient Roman theatre and several earlier churches. During the Second Bulgarian Empire the structure served as the cathedral of the city but was later converted to a mosque […]

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Boyana Church

Boyana Church (1-3 Boyansko Ezero Street, Sofia) — The Boyana Church, in the eponymous Sofia suburb at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, is one of the few complete and perfectly preserved mediaeval monuments testifying to the significant contribution of Bulgarian monumental painting to European culture in the Middle Ages.  Admission:  10 BGN.  Hours:  9:30 am […]

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Bells Monument

Bells Monument (Vitosha Mountain, Sofia) — The Bells monument is situated 14 km eastwards from the center of Sofia at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.  This was initially built in 1979 to celebrate the World Children initiative by UNESCO.  It was originally thought to hold a children’s festival only in 1979, but due to the […]

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Banya Bashi Mosque

Banya Bashi Mosque (2 Knyaginya Maria Louise Blvd., Sofia) — Once there were 70 mosques in Sofia, but today the Banya Bashi Mosque is the only one still functioning. It was designed in 1576, by the greatest of all Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, who also built the Sultan Selim Mosque in Edirne and the Blue […]

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Alexander Nevsky Crypt Icon Museum

Alexander Nevsky Crypt Icon Museum (Aleksander Nevsky Square, Sofia) — during the construction of Nevski Cathedral, plans were originally made to bury the country’s kings at one of its levels.  But such plans were never carried out.  For that reason, in 1965, the space under the church was converted into a branch of the National […]

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia) — The gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in the early 20th century in memory of the 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The cathedral’s gold-plated dome is […]

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Bulgaria — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Bulgaria, one of the larger Balkan countries, shares borders with Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey (as well as the Black Sea acting as its lengthy eastern coastline).  It is perhaps the least-known among the countries in that region, whose history dates back to the Roman Empire, when a town then called “Serdica” (now Sofia […]