Sofia

 
 
 

As a cultural and tourist destination Sofia has amazing things to show to its visitors. Sofia is a truly cosmopolitan city of various nationalities and cultures that elegantly co-exist in the historical center of the city. It is an open museum of its own kind with many well preserved ruins from ancient civilizations.

You can learn more about Sofia and its sights in the tourist information center at 22 Tsar Osvoboditel Str. (in the subway next to the metro station of „Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski) as well as from the website: www.visitsofia.bg

Five reasons to visit Sofia:

A city on a crossroads, boasting rich cultural and historical heritage

A city of education, spirituality and tolerance

A city for business meetings, amuzement and emotions

A city of sports in all four seasons

A city for culinary trips

Sofia is a one of the oldest cities of Europe. The first settlement in its present territory has been set up in the 7th millennium BC. In Antiquity the city won recognition as an important Roman district centre, and during the Middle Ages it was a strategic Bulgarian and Byzantine fortress by the main road connecting Constantinople with Rome. The town preserved its significance of an administrative and spiritual centre also during the Ottoman domination on the Balkans due to its medial geographic location. Sofia was liberated from Turkish rule on 4 January 1878 by Russian military troops under the command of General Gurko. On 3 April 1879, on the proposal of the eminent Bulgarian scholar Prof.Marin Drinov, the Constituent Assembly proclaimed Sofia as capital of the Principality of Bulgaria. The consideration of the central location of Sofia within the lands populated by ethnic Bulgarians gained ground in favour of this choice. Today approximately 1,397,000 people live in the Bulgarian capital, not counting the temporary residents.

Sofia – meaning ‘Holy Wisdom’ – a beautiful name of a beautiful city. Chosen a capital city of newly liberated Bulgaria in 1879, in two decades only it turned into one among the modern, well-built and economically flourishing cities in Europe: it was then a new metropolitan city of antique history. Freedom is a great catalyst to human spirit and creativity. Here the diverse cultures do not fight each other: they rest in an elegant co-existence in the historical centre of the city. Downtown Sofia looks like a large open-air museum with its many preserved reminders of ancient civilizations. A Roman Rotunda from the 4th century found here is an Orthodox Christian church; The grandiose St Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral in Sofia is among the biggest and most marvellous of its kinds in Europe. The architectural ensembles and buildings constructed in Sofia after it became a capital city exemplify leading styles of the age. The scientific and cultural institutions in Sofia have over a century-long history. The museums keep artifacts and treasures dating from all previous historical ages, as well as masterpieces of Bulgarian art and creative spirit.

Sofia is a popular music centre. This art is represented  in all of its classical and modern styles. Bulgarian opera singers and instrumentalists perform round the world.

In the recent years this modern city has grown with an exceptional dynamism. In spite of the construction boom, Sofia is still one of the richest in greenery big cities of Europe. Yes, living in big cities and capitals is dynamic, noisy and sometimes chaotic, but Sofia is a city capable of yielding much beauty, culture, and entertainments suiting people of various interests. The city is developing at a crossroads of civilizations and cultures but has established its peculiar and unique appearance. Sofia is the city of ours. We like it and invite you to see all remarkable and interesting sites.

Welcome to the city that ‘Grows up but doesn’t grow old!’

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