Sofia, an awesome place to visit!
Many iconic buildings, places and architecture, roman ruins over the city center, numerous green areas, friendly locals and delicious traditional food (at least we loved it). On top of all of this, Sofia it’s also a budget travelers destination.
What more could travelers wish for?
There are a lot of interesting things that you can see and do in Sofia. The main sights are concentrated in the City Center, so we have listed top 10 places that impressed us and maybe will help you to plan your visit in the capital of Bulgaria. Beside the photos, we also highlighted some information that we found interesting.
Read the list below to find out how to experience it for yourself.
Church of St. George which is considered to be the oldest building in Sofia, dates back to the 4th century and together with ruins of the Antic town Serdica now is surrounded by the buildings of Presidential Palace.
Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral (my personal favorite) the biggest and most gorgeous Christian temple in Bulgaria. It was nice to find out that the cathedral crypt houses the largest collection of Orthodox icons in Europe. Getting inside we could pray and admire the splendid examples of the art of iconography.
Saint Sofia Church that gave the name of Sofia to the city. It is located in the city center and its underground level is turned into a museum where you can stroll in old-time catacombs. We couldn’t enter because it was closed due to Christmas holiday.
Next to the church there is the monument to the Unknown Soldier commemorating Bulgarian soldiers who died protecting their country.
Nedelya Church, this is a church with a sad history… in 1925 a terrorist attack was carried out, aimed to kill the Bulgarian Tsar Boris III. He was not killed because delayed with a half an hour, anyway this attack brought a tragic end for a lot of people which were inside the church.
P.S. Bulgarian people often use this example when they are late 😊
Petka Church was constructed in the 14th century by saddle makers. It is very short because churches built during the Ottoman period couldn’t be higher than a soldier on horseback, so they were partially buried. This is the first time when we enter in such a small church, however it filled our souls with pace.
Russian Orthodox Church St. Nicholas Miracle-Maker surprised us with its beautiful architecture and ornamentation.
Saint Sofia Monument probably the most famous monument in Sofia, it is a 24-meter-high bronze statue.
It’s a symbol of the city because St. Sofia is city’s patron.
Step on the Yellow Cobbles that cover the area around the National Assembly and then down towards the National Gallery of Art & Ethnography Museum. It is something that we found amazing in Sofia and we though that the bricks are colored in yellow. When we asked our guide, he explained that the cobbles were made in Hungary and were a wedding gift to Tsar Ferdinand I from the Austro-Hungarian emperor. The bricks are a symbol of Sofia and are not colored, they are made from a very expensive and special yellow material.
Ivan Vazov National Theater, we really love this stunning building, considering to be one of the most ornate in Sofia. It was constructed by the Austrian architects Helmer & Felneris in 1907.
Public Mineral Baths, this building with elegant style and architecture was a public bath with separate facilities for men and women. They come here to relax and interact with each other’s.
It was like Facebook today 😄
Nowadays the building hosts a permanent exhibition of the Sofia History Museum. The Public Baths is located near the Central Mosque.
Sofia culture and architecture are very special because it reflects the influences from every historical period it has gone through.
Learning about the history of Sofia made us curious to explore more and we decided to spend the last day of our trip in Plovdiv – another city full of history and interesting facts.