Top best places to visit in Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria, lies close to mountains and three different seas.
Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000 BC. For the longest time the city was known as The Serdica.
In the center of the city is the Statue of St Sofia, a monumental sculpture and a symbol of the city.
In the vicinity is an ensemble of three government edifices, a prime example of Socialist Classicism architecture, the Largo.
Amid one of these buildings is located the Church of St George, a red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia.
Behind the National Bank and the Largo is the former royal palace, today the National Art Gallery.
Opposite the gallery, in the City Gardens, is the National Theatre, the oldest and most authoritative theater in the country.
A little further is the Military Club, an important social center of the capital.
On the same street is the monument of culture for its historic significance, the National Assembly.
Near the Statue of St Sofia begins also the pedestrian zone and the main commercial street, the Vitosha.
Sofia’s most spectacular modern landmark is the largest multifunctional conference and exhibition center in south-eastern Europe, the National Palace of Culture.
But the most prominent tourist attraction is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches worldwide, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Sofia has many other sacred temples worth a visit, such as:
The Seven Saints Church, named after Cyril and Methodist and their five disciples.
The Cathedral of St Joseph, the largest Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria.
The Holy Sunday Church, a medieval place of worship that has been destructed and reconstructed many times through the ages.
The Banya Bashi Mosque, built over natural thermal spas is the only functioning mosque in Sofia.
Vis-a-vis is the Central Mineral Baths, nowadays a history museum.
Nearby is the Central Market Hall and behind it is the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe, the Sofia Synagogue.
Worth seeing is also the University of Sofia, the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria.
And standing next to it the National Library, that possesses many notable collections of scriptures and old prints.
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