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Bulgaria’s capital has a lot of stories to tell, and each historic attraction will give you a new perspective on Sofia’s complicated past. Take the churches here that have spent several centuries of their existence as mosques, the overbearing soviet architecture or the Roman history that is still being uncovered and blends with the modern city.
Many of the buildings you’ll see are from the Bulgarian Revival in the late-19th century, when the country reclaimed its independence from the Ottomans. And always to the southwest looms the monumental Vitosha Mountain
The scale of this building will blow you away. Inside St. Alexander Nevski has room for 10,000 people and it’s the second largest cathedral in the Balkan region.
As with a great deal of Sofia’s grand architecture, the city’s cathedral dates to the 1880s.
This was directly after the Ottomans were overthrown and the state of Bulgaria was re-established.
It was originally dedicated to the Russian soldiers that lost their lives in the course of this liberation.
When you’re inside, look up at ceiling of the main cupola, which has a mural of the Lord God Sabbath.
The crypt here is open to visitors and has a big collection of icons.
I would count Bulgaria into the countries where you should eat out. Not only because of the prices, the food is just awesome!
One of the top reasons I love Bulgaria so much is the delicious Bulgarian food! Rich in flavors, variations, colors and forms, our cuisine is strongly influenced by Middle East but has its own unique charisma.
There’s one word that can truly describe the Bulgarian food: tasty!
Sofia is well-known for its vibrant nightlife – no matter if you choose to spend your time in a bar or a nightclub. The possibilities are almost endless and the best thing: Sofia is one of the cheapest cities to go out in Europe. All the locals I met recommended staying in the “One More Bar”, which I really enjoyed. Let me know if you have more specific recommendations and I will happily add them to my list.
It might seem odd for a country that produces so much lovely wine, but wine bars have been slow to take off in Sofia. With the attention turning from mass production to local boutique wineries and an influx of imported wines, several wine bars have become very popular and look like they are here to stay.
Sofia is also a perfect starting point for several day trips you can do. I did two of them on my own and can highly recommend doing so. Bulgaria has some outstanding places full of history and breathtaking wonders of nature to offer. Here is a list of places that you can visit in just one day from Sofia:
You might ask your self which tour is the best for you. And I can help you out: When you’re interested in history and culture there is no way you can pass on Plovdiv, which is one of the oldest cities in Europe. If you’re a photographer you have to see the Belogradchick Rocks and Veliko Tarnovo, as both of them offer incredible views and amazing possibilities to take scenic images. The Seven Rila Lake is a great choice for the warmer month as it is a perfect location for hikes to enjoy the nature. In winter it is not always accessible due to snow.
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