Walking around the city of Sofia, Bulgaria is pretty rewarding. Even though I live here for 4 years now, the streets and the buildings still impress me. The city itself is full of unique places, magnificent sights and charming buildings. It’s definitely one of my favorite places in Bulgaria.
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and primary tourist attractions. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula and can hold 10,000 people inside.
The Ivan Vazov National Theatre – the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia. Founded in 1904, the building was extensively damaged by a fire in 1923 during an anniversary celebration, but was reconstructed in 1929. The Ivan Vazov National Theatre has a well-equipped main stage with 750 seats, a smaller 120-seat stage and an additional 70-seat one on the fourth floor.
The fountains in front of the National Theatre.
The SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library – It is named after the creators of the Glagolitic alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet is named after Cyril. The present building of the library is among the landmarks of Sofia.
Notable collections of the Bulgarian National Library: Slavonic Scriptures ( dating from the 11th to the 19th centuries), Greek and other Foreign Scriptures (9th to 19th century), Eastern Scriptures (3,100 Arabic, 500 Ottoman, and 150 Persian codicies, dated 11th to the 19th centuries) and many more…
The Monument to the Tsar Liberator is an equestrian monument in the centre of Sofia. It was erected in honour of Russian Emperor Alexander II who liberated Bulgaria of Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
Lions are the national symbols of Bulgaria. You can see them everywhere in the city. The coat of arms of the country consists of three lions. The one on the picture is looking at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Saint Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince. The cathedral was created in honour to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule. The temple has 12 bells with total weight of 23 tons. The cathedral’s gold-plated dome is 45 m high (148 ft), with the bell tower reaching 53 metres (174 ft). The interior is decorated with Italian marble in various colours, Brazilian onyx, alabaster, and other luxurious materials.
A view of the Government of Bulgaria (The Council of Ministers) – it is the main authority of the executive power in the Republic of Bulgaria. It consists of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and all the specialized ministers.