Landmarks in Sofia
Landmarks in Sofia
Sofia is a city, which has a lot to say to anyone who wants to hear its’ stories. It has plenty of remarkable and historical places, which can make you fall in love with the city immediately. You want to learn more about some of them? Then, the next several paragraphs are only for you…
National Palace of Culture
The National Palace of Culture is the largest conference centre in Southeast Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria’s 1300th anniversary. The conference centre’s aim is to host many events, such as concerts, shows, exhibitions and multilingual conferences. It has an area of 123,000 square meters. It consists of eight floors and three underground levels. The National Palace of Culture has 15,000 square meters of exhibition area, a trade centre and a car park. The main hall, which is 1 out of all 13, can seat over 3,000 people.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. The church occupies an area of 3,170 square metres and can hold 5,000 people inside. It is one of the main Sofia’s symbols and a favourite destination for many local people and tourists. People believe that it is among the top 10 largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings. It is the third biggest Orthodox Cathedral which is located in Southeast Europe.
The Sofia Zoo is the oldest and largest zoological garden in Southeast Europe. 1900 animals of 281 species inhabitate an area of 360 acres. The annual visit is between 550 and 600 thousand people, and their number continues to grow. Currently, the Sofia Zoo keeps a large number of exotic animals, as well as many animals that are typical of the Bulgarian lands. The zoo is among the Hundred National Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union.
Museum of Illusions
The exhibition is located on 400 m2. There, illusions meet scientific inventions and art: physics and optics are presented together with mysterious works of art and classical mysteries. The extremely educational experience is rich in interactive entertainment – painting with light, creating shadows and unforgettable moments in the world upside down. Do you have any doubts about how any of the inventions work? Want to learn amazing things about art and history? Do you want to deepen your scientific knowledge or take a photo? The museum team is always available! The smiling staff is ready to reveal the secrets of the incredible world of illusions.
The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery is a Bulgarian state cultural institution. Its official name is the National Museum of Bulgarian Fine Arts. It is located in Sofia and is housed in the building of the former royal palace, together with the National Ethnographic Museum. The fund preserves over 50,000 works of art – paintings, sculptures and graphics of prominent representatives of the Bulgarian fine arts. Over 3,000 of them are exhibited. The gallery is included in the initiative Hundred National Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union.
The Ivan Vazov National Theater
The Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia is the first theatre stage in Bulgaria and a national cultural institute. The magnificent design is the work of a German architect. The impressive building of the theatre was created in the period 1924-1928. The theatre is popular with its special mechanization, which only the most prestigious theatres in the world have. In the theatre’s repertoire, you can find works by the most prominent representatives of both the classics and the modern world and Bulgarian drama.