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Sofia

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Location: Sofia, Sofia Region

 

 

 

Description of Sofia

Sofia is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria. With a population of 1,291,591 inhabitants in 2011, it is the 14th largest city in the European Union where it joined in January 2007, and around 1,380,406 in its metropolitan area, the Capital Province. in the center of the Balkan Peninsula, west of Bulgaria, surrounded by Mount Vitosha to the south, Mount Lyulin to the west and the Balkan Mountains to the north. Its total area is 492 square kilometers and its average altitude is 600 meters, which makes it the fourth highest capital in Europe.

One of the oldest capitals in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC., when the Thracians established a settlement in the area. Sofia has had several names in the different periods of its existence, but finally adopted the name of Sofia, thanks to the Church of Hagia Sofia, one of the oldest in the city, in national tribute to the Holy Martyrs of Sofia, Mother of Faith, Hope and Charity. Sofia Day is celebrated on September 17 and on January 4 the city celebrates that in 1878 it was liberated from Ottoman domination by the Russian imperial troops. Sofia was declared capital of April 3, 1879 as a former Bulgarian village, far from the border with Turkey, and was heavily bombed by the Allied forces during the Second World War.

Sofia is the administrative, economic, cultural, transport and educational center of the country, where the sixth part of Bulgaria's industrial production is concentrated. The city is also an important religious center, since Sofia is the seat of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and has the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the Orthodox world. In Sofia you will find the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, several universities and cultural institutions such as the Bulgarian National Art Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum, the National History Museum, the Ballet and National Opera or the National Palace of Culture, among others. The architecture of the different towns that dominated Sofia is an example of the millenary history of the city, with buildings of Ottoman style, Russian Orthodox or of its socialist period. In addition, it hosted the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

 

Travel Destinations in Sofia

Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church (Sofia)

 Saint Sophia (Sofia) Church (Sofia)

Saint Nicholas - Russian Church (Sofia)

National Museum of Natural History (Sofia)

National Art Gallery (Национална художествена галерия) (Sofia)

 

 

 

Tzar- Liberator statue (Sofia)

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia)

National Assembly of Bulgaria (Sofia)

Amphitheatre of Serdica (Sofia)

Ivan Vazov National Theatre (Sofia)

Sofia Synagogue (Sofia)

The National Opera and Ballet (Sofia)

National Gallery of Foreign Art (Sofia)

Monument to the Soviet Army (Sofia)

Saint Petka (Sveta Petka) of the saddlers (Sofia)

Archaeological Museum (Sofia)

Banya Bashi Mosque (Sofia)

Saint Nedelya Church (Holy Sunday Church) (Sofia)

Rotunda aka Church of Saint George (Sofia)

Church of Saint Paraskeva (Църква Света Параскева) (Sofia)

Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church (Църква Свети Седмочисленици) (Sofia)

Borisova Gradina (Sofia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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