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 part of excursions is represented by the Royal Palace. In the second half of the 19th century, the execution of the national hero Vasil Levski took place there. For many years it was used as the headquarters of the Ottoman police and witnessed several important historical events.
Since 1887, the palace was the main residence of the royal family. Nowadays it hosts two outstanding cultural institutions, the Ethnographical Museum and the National Art Gallery. The Banya Bashi Mosque is an interesting landmark. Built in 1576 by â€‹â€‹one of the most famous Turkish architect, it continues to operate for more than four centuries.
The red brick building can be seen even from remote areas of the city. Travelers can appreciate the appearance of the mosque and access its interior; in hours free of prayers entry is open to devotees of any religion. A lot of impressions will give a trip to the Ivan Vazov House Museum. This is where the internationally renowned Bulgarian writer lived and worked; in several rooms the situation of the early 20th century was restored completely. Among exhibits of the museum there is the collection of photographs and personal belongings of the writer. One of the most unusual exhibits is a stuffed dog Bobby that was a writerâ€™s pet. Travelers fascinated by painting would like the National Gallery for Foreign Art.