Sofia Europe’s Real Old Timer
Posted on February 20, 2013 by sguese
Located on the western part of Bulgaria, Sofia is surrounds in mountains. Since the time of the Thracians, before the Romans took over, Sofia has stood in this spot. One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, Sofia seemingly has it all: ancient history, art museums, cathedrals, mosques and churches.
Explore Sofia’s gardens: For the most attractive expanse of greenery, there is only one place you will be told to go, Borisova Gradina. Home to the Levski Stadium, CSKA Stadium and the Maria Luisa Pool, you will also find countless statues and flowerbeds in this part of Sofia. It is a good place to take a stroll, soaking up the green beauty of Sofia. The enormous communist monument, the Mound of Brotherhood, dominates its eastern end. Another one of Sofia’s green spaces is the Sofia City Garden. With its leafy stretch covered in cafes, swings, flowerbeds and fountains, this is a picture of calm Sofia life, where old men gather to play chess on a casual Wednesday.
Visit the Oldest of Sofia’s buildings: Sveti Georgi Rotunda is the oldest preserved building in the entire city. Dating back to the 4th century A.D., Sveti Georgi Rotunda is noted for its circular Roman structure. It was rebuilt in the 6th and knocked around by the invading Huns. By the 16th century, it was converted into a mosque.
Spend some time in the National Art Gallery: The National Art Gallery of Sofia is home to one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of Bulgarian art. If you want to get to know Bulgaria’s artistic talents, this would be the place to learn. The National Art Gallery holds mostly 19th to 20th century paintings and sculptures. You will find works by the artists Vladimir Dimitrov, Goshka Datsov and Georgi Mashev.
Take a dip in Sofia’s Mineral Baths: The Mineral Baths of Sofia are also referred to as Turkish baths. Constructed between 1911 and 1913, the Mineral Baths submerge you into one of Sofia’s architectural gems. It is hard to resist the elegant striped façade and ceramic decorations of the building.
Be Overwhelmed by Sveta Nedelya Cathedral: Sveta Nedelya Cathedral and its magnificent domes is easily one of Sofia’s main landmarks. Constructed between 1856 and 1863, the cathedral is decorated with rich, Byzantine style murals of the saints. The cathedral is also the final resting place of Sveti Kral Stefan Milotin, the medieval king of Serbia. He is wrapped in a velvet robe. His bones have long been thought to have miraculous healing powers.
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