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  • 1 Gallery of Ancient Bulgarian Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    BG - 1000 Sofija

    The Gallery of Ancient Bulgarian Art presents an exceptional collection of religious art (mostly icons) dating from the 12C to the 19C. The most interesting items include: a 12C St Nicholas, the altar doors of Boboševo Monastery (1488) and an outstan..

  • 2 National History Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vitoshko lale str. 16 BG - 1618 Sofija

    The extraordinary National History Museum displays fabulous collections concerning Bulgaria's history and civilisation. Each room deals with a specific period: Prehistory (gold treasures of Hotnica and of the necropoles of Durankulak and Varna), Anti..

  • 3 Bojana Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ul Boyansko Ezero BG - Bojana

    Bojana Church in fact consists of a group of three successive churches, surrounded by trees over a hundred years old. When you enter the church, you will be astounded by the frescoes, probably painted in 1259, which form an exceptionally harmonious w..

  • 4 St-Alexander-Nevski Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Alexander Nevski BG - 1000 Sofija

    St-Alexander-Nevski Cathedral is, with its golden domes, the very emblem of Sofia. Built between 1904 and 1912, it boasts a vast (space for 6 000 members of the community) and sumptuous interior: polychrome Italian marbles, onyx from Brazil, alabaste..

  • 5 St-George's Rotunda Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Ul Saborna BG - 1000 Sofija

    St-George's Rotunda was built at the beginning of the 4C, during the reign of Constantine the Great. This religious building (probably a baptistery), was erected according to a fairly complex plan: a vast, circular central chamber, surmounted by a do..

  • 6 Church of St-Petka-of-the-Saddlers Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bul Knjaginja Maria Luiza BG - 1000 Sofija

    The church of St-Petka-of-the-Saddlers (15C) was built under the Ottoman occupation with donations from the region's master saddlers. At that time, the building of churches was tolerated provided that their height did not exceed that of a soldier on ..

  • 7 Archaeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bd Vitosha BG - 1000 Sofija

    The vast prayer hall of the mosque houses the remarkable collections of the Archaeological Museum, which include: stelae, epitaphs, low-relief carvings and an exceptional set of Thracian votive stones (2C-3C). Mural paintings, originally in the Bulga..

  • 8 Church of St-Sofia Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Ulica Pariž BG - 1000 Sofija

    The church of St-Sofia is one of the country's oldest sanctuaries. Built on the foundations of a previous church dating from 363, it was turned into a mosque in the 16C, destroyed by two earthquakes and finally restored in 1999. The lofty interior an..

  • 9 Russian church of St-Nicholas Interesting

    Religious buildings

    bd Tsar Osvoboditel BG - 1000 Sofija

    Like many visitors, you will no doubt feel a deep emotion on catching sight of the green-and-gold onion-shaped domes of the charming Russian church of St-Nicholas. Built in 1914 in the 17C Russian style, it is believed to have been commissioned by a ..

  • 10 Municipal Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Pl. Battenberg BG - 1000 Sofija

    The municipal garden is a very pleasant place for strolling and meditating. Once devoted to the culture of melons and cucumbers, it is now shaded by various species of trees, enhanced by the soothing sound of fountains and decorated with contemporary..

  • 11 Ivan-Vasov National Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Battenberg BG - 1000 Sofija

    The Ivan-Vasov Theatre is a real institution. In fact, all that ever mattered on the Bulgarian stage was produced here at some time or other. Architecture buffs will appreciate the fine neo-Baroque style designed by true specialists: the Viennese arc..

  • 12 Banja Baši Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Knjaginja Maria Luiza BG - 1000 Sofija

    The slender minaret of the Banja Baši Mosque soars proudly into the sky of the Bulgarian capital. Built in 1576 by Hadži Mimar Sinan, the architect who designed the great mosque of Edirne (Turkey), it symbolises the first stage (before the synagog an..

  • 13 Central Baths Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul Iskar BG - 1000 Sofija

    The edifice housing the Central Baths, featuring a façade covered with polychrome mosaics, is one of the finest buildings in town. Erected in 1908 by the architects Petko Momcilov and Jordan Milanov over the relics of Roman baths, these former Turkis..

  • 14 Boris's Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Tsarigradsko Shose BG - 1000 Sofija

    Boris's Garden was designed in 1882 by a Swiss landscape gardener and later remodelled at the request of King Ferdinand I (1887-1918). Today, this vast park, famous for its rose garden, is one of the favourite haunts of the inhabitants of Sofia. It f..

  • 15 Ethnographic Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pl. Battenberg 1 BG - 1000 Sofija

    During a tour of the Ethnographic Museum, you will see a collection of traditional regional costumes presented to the royal family. You will also get a good insight into the country's popular traditions: jewellery (filigree work from Vraca, gold work..

  • 16 Tsar-Liberator Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. du Tsar-Libérateur BG - Sofija

    Lined by some impressive buildings, mostly by Austro-Hungarian architects working here in the early 20C, this long straight paved street (also called the "largo") is one of the capital's most attractive thoroughfares. Walking along it, note..

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