Sightseeings in Sofia
Sofia the capital of Bulgaria, is a city full of life, culture, and events. you can see a lot of its attractions while leaving some time for leisurely strolls.
National History MuseumThe National History Museum is one of the largest and richest history museums on the Balkan Peninsula. It holds over 700,000 cultural monuments, representing the history of today's Bulgarian lands from 8,000 years ago to the present day. Only 10% of all these values and monuments are on display in the museum's halls. The National Museum of History was created in 1973. The museum is on the outskirts of the city, in Boyana district, housed in a former government residence.
National palace of culture – Sofia
The National Palace of Culture is located in the center of Sofia. It is a multi functional complex, a synthesis of modern architecture and plastic arts. It was built in 1981 on the occasion of 1300 years since the founding of Bulgaria. It has 15 multi functional halls, 55 meeting rooms with a total capacity of more than 8000 seats and over 15 000 square meters of exhibition area. There is a spacious garden around the building, known as the garden in front of the National Palace of Culture, with many benches and places for relaxation. Along its entire length you may see a spectacular fountain which is lit in the summertime, during the night.
St. Alexander Nevski
St. Alexander Nevski is an Orthodox monument in Sofia, which is a cathedral of the Bulgarian Patriarch. Around the cathedral is a square of the same name. The temple is dedicated to Alexander Nevsky, known for his victory over the Teutonic Order in the battle of Lake Chud, proclaimed a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. Alexander Nevsky is a patron of the Russian Emperor Alexander II and the name of the temple is an expression of gratitude of the Bulgarians to Russia in the face of the emperor. With its area of 3170 m², when it was built, the temple became the first largest fully completed and functioning cathedral on the Balkan Peninsula. The temple was proclaimed a Patriarchal cathedral in 1953, and in 1955 was declared a cultural monument of national importance.
The Ivan Vazov National Theater
The Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia was built by a German architect and is the first theater stage in Bulgaria and a national cultural institute. The impressive theater building was created in the period 1924-1928. The theater is supplied with special mechanization, which is available only to the most prestigious theaters in the world. In the repertoire of the theater you can see works by the most prominent representatives of both the classical and contemporary world and Bulgarian dramaturgy.
The monument of Tsar Osvoboditel
The monument of Tsar Osvoboditel is located in Sofia. The monument was officially opened on August 30, 1907. The monument is an equestrian figure of Alexander II, 4.5 m high. It is an expression of the Bulgarian people's appreciation of the Russian people and a symbol of Bulgarian freedom. The total height of the monument is 12 m. It is the work of the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Dzoki. The monument of Tsar Osvoboditel is one of the most impressive monuments in Sofia.
The National Art Gallery in Sofia
The National Art Gallery in Sofia is located in the former royal palace of the capital, together with the National Ethnographic Museum. The gallery holds more than 50,000 works by Bulgarian artists. Visitors have the opportunity to view several permanent exhibitions, including: Bulgarian painting during the Renaissance, some of the most significant examples of Bulgarian icon painting, as well as exhibitions of contemporary artists...
The monument of Vasil Levski
The monument of Vasil Levski was built in 1895 in the center of Sofia. It is one of the first monuments built after the Liberation and is located near the place where the execution of the Apostle is supposed to have taken place. The monument is about 13 meters high and designed by a Czech architect. The bronze portrait of Vasil Levski is affixed to the widest part of the monument, with the inscription: "On the great Bulgarian. The Apostle - Vasil Levski - The Appreciative Fatherland."