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1. Posted by mich2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

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Hello

I'm travelling to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria next month and I was wandering if anyone would have any tips
like were to go, what to do, what not to miss

Thanks

:)

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 12y

Nice Sofia,
Very important place in Euro politics just after the turn of the century. Quite a nice centre. When it comes to the ill effects of the Soviet steamroller, I think Sofia was spared and faired better then other capitals in the region. Must look tourist spots are Al. Nevsky cathederal. Went to a club called Slasa that was kinda cool. professional dancers et al. No cover since we were tourists. Up and down the main boulavard or on the tram gives a noce feel for the city. Are you staying at a hostel?

3. Posted by mich2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

yes I'm staying at the Mostel Hostel

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 12y

I stayed in the first hostel of my life in Sofia. Ironically it was called "First Hostel in Sofia", it was on top of a chineese retaurant. WARNING: stay away from Chineese restaurants in Sofia, damn....especially if used to those in major N.American centres ie. Toronto, New York, Chicago etc. Well the hostel was fine and it was only 20 metres from the parliment buildings and centre sq. I would suggest maybe stopping off there and talk to the young woman who runs it for more insider tips to the city. Check out the Arts centre too. Its impressive. It is a very good city for photographing.
Have a good trip

5. Posted by mich2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

Thanks for the tips !

6. Posted by Mimka (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

Hi Mich,
I can mark some of the sights in Sofia for you and you'll make your final decision what to see in the city according to your interests.

1. Alexander Nevski Memorial Church (dedicated to the Russian prince Al. Nevski, who was proclaimed a saint for saving Russia from invading Swedish troops in 1240. Nevski was the patron saint of Russian Tzar Alexander II who liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. About 45 Russian and Bulgarian artists worked on the interior of the church.)
To the left of the main church entrance is the Crypt - now houses the Museum of Medieval Bulg. Art (icons, frescoes, etc.)

2. St Sofia church - Sofia's second oldest building after the St. George Rotunda. To the east of St Sofia is the grave of writer Ivan Vazov.

The square around the Nevski church and St Sofia is the site of an open-air flea market (souvenirs, icons, crafts, antiques, etc.)
Very close is the russian church of St Nicholas with its nice construction.
South of Nevski square is the National Parliament.
3. If you are interested, visit the national Art Gallery and/or the National Ethographic Museum(this one I recommend:)).
In the museum are showcased impportant bulgarian rituals, folk ceremonies, traditional costumes.
4. The "Largo" (the north facing wing of the Sheraton hotel). From this central area you can see (besides the Presidency, th e Council of Ministers, and a statue of St Sofia) St George's Rotunda (behind the Seraton hotel) - the oldest preserved building in Sofia which dates to the 4th century when it was built a s a Roman temple.;
The church of St Nedelya (in front of the Sheraton hotel)
Banya Bashi mosque ( a minute walk from Sheraton) , Central Hali (market place) named after Les Halles in Paris.
Behind the mosque are the Central Mineral Baths.

From the statue of St Sofia you can go south along Vitosha blvd. and explore the fancy stores and botiques there.

Sofia outskirts

Boyana church - included on the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. remarkable murals from 1259. The church is located in the Boyana suburb 8km from Sofia (buses 64, 63 or 107, or a taxi 0.2 eur/km).

The Thracian treasures at the National History museum are also one of the top things to see. The museum is also a bit far from the city center in the Boyana suburb.

Greetings from Sofia and have a nice stay here!
BTW, Do you have a map of Sofia ?

Cheers
Maria

[ Edit: Wiki guide tied in. ]

7. Posted by mich2 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

Thanks a lot for your info !

No I don't have a map yet
I'll probably get one when I arrive
And I think I get one from the hostel