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Sightseeing in Sofia - what to see. Complete travel guide

Bulgaria's capital, Sofia is a city rich in history, many notable places and spectacular natural landscapes.

In the center of town is located Slaveykov Square, from which diverge beautiful boulevards and avenues in different directions just like sun rays. The city’s downtown is a pedestrian zone, so nothing will prevent tourists and local residents from unhurried walks and enjoying the magnificence of the local nature. There are also several office buildings around the square. These are the real examples of modern architecture.
1. Most tourists visit Sofia from May to October, as at this time there is always warm weather favorable for excursions. Winters in Sofia are warm and soft, so fans of festivals would be … Open
Those, who like shopping, should go to Vitosha Boulevard, which is considered the main shopping street of the city. In addition to shops and souvenir outlets you will find here several cozy restaurants and cafes. While walking, you'll be truly surprised to see such a large number of monuments right at every step.
St. George Church is the symbol of the "Old Sofia", which was built in the 6th century. During its 15 century-long history the building has been reconstructed many times. In the 16th century it was even converted into a mosque by the Turks. Today the church is decorated with magnificent frescoes, which imprint the most important historical events and images of saints. Alexander Battenberg Square is also the right location for visitors who enjoy seeing architectural places of interest. Church of St. Nicholas is surely the main decoration of this place. The building of the royal palace is located just opposite to the church. The palace is surrounded by gigantic trees and flower beds. This city is also home to one of the main Christian churches - St. Sophia Cathedral. The construction of this building was started by the Romans in the 7th century. Nowadays only the floor of the church decorated with mosaics reminds of those times. The facade and rooms have been rebuilt several times, leading to a unique combination of various architectural trends. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
You could find restaurants of any cuisine in Sofia. Travelers will enjoy local eating places and attractive prices. Among the most prestigious dining places the L'etranger international … Open
Right in the city, there are several amazing antique attractions. Serdika Amphitheater is one of them. This Roman amphitheater was built in the 3rd century and is considered the largest one among the arenas discovered in Bulgaria. Serdika Amphitheatre is the second largest in size after the famous Colosseum. Ancient ruins were discovered only recently, in 2004, during the construction of the regular hotel. Nowadays, the Roman complex is open to the public.
In the immediate vicinity of Sofia is an interesting religious landmark - the Boyana Church. In 1979 it was listed as a World Heritage Site. The erection of the church took place in the 10th century. For hundreds of years, it has been reconstructed several times. Despite a thorny destiny, many valuable artifacts have been preserved in it. Now visitors can admire the unique frescos of the 11th century and see fragments of medieval paintings. Somehow, the temple managed to survive thousands of years later.
Local culture strikes with an abundance of beautiful customs and traditions, interesting festivals and rituals, many of which have pagan roots. An acquaintance with local culture is an … Open
One of the most visited cultural institutions in the city is the Archaeological Museum. It was founded in 1892 and occupies the same building as the Institute of Archeology. The archaeological museum is the oldest in Bulgaria. It keeps one of the world's largest collections of antiquities, found in various parts of the country. The building containing the museum was erected in the 15th century and used to be a mosque initially. It is of great historical value.
The Historical Museum of Bulgaria is situated in a beautiful park. Its opening was held in 1973. Today the exposition of the museum includes more than 600000 unique pieces. For the convenience of visitors, it is divided into several thematic halls. Visitors can enjoy collections of ancient weapons and coins, admire medieval decorations and antique furniture, made by the best masters of the country. Yet, they have an interesting collection of church utensils. Since 2000 the museum occupies a new attractive building.
The historic district of the city strikes with an abundance of spectacular sights. Buildings of different eras have preserved in Sofia. There are also lots of museums in the city. Obligatory … Open
In the center of Sofia you'll find a picturesque park of Borisov Gradina. It is also a historical object founded in the late 19th century. The park is incredibly beautiful. Today, it represents a wonderful Japanese garden and a pond, a large rose garden, numerous fountains, and sculptures. In the middle of the 20th century, an observatory was opened there.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Sofia
♥   Shopping area ' Vitosha Boulevard' Sofia, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Sofia
♥   Castle 'Pirot Fortress' Pirot, 79.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vinica Fortress' , 111.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Sofia
♥   Nature Park 'Vitosha' , 4.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Vrachanski balkan' , 56.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Rilski manastir' , 60.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Rila' , 64.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Pirin National Park' , 105.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Sofia and around
♥   Art museum 'National Archaeological Museum' Sofia, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Art Gallery' Sofia, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Gallery for Foreign Art' Sofia, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Sofia from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Temple-Monument of Alexander Nevsky

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
It is a great building made in Neo-Byzantine style. The inner decoration adores with its thoroughly made conception. The main entrance is made of rare Serbian oak, inside the cathedral is decorated with rare types of marble and onyx. The chandeliers were made especially for the church in Munich. The weight of the central chandelier is about 2, 5 tones. The floor also attracts people, it is made with rare Italian marble mosaic. Walls and the ceiling are decorated with an art painting. The best European masters hold their hands to this incredible beauty. … Read further
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