Sofia is a city where tradition and modern cultures grow equally. It is a place with many faces that you can spend weeks exploring and spending time with. For your journey, however, you need a little guidance. Therefore, here are some of the best attractions to start when visiting Bulgaria’s vibrant capital.
The Catacombs of Saint Sophia Basilica
There are many myths regarding the origins of the Sofia name, however, historians believe that this small town used to be called Basilica of St. Sophia. This red brick church belongs to the Roman times, and used to be a mosque as well as a fire tower in later years. Since a large burial place was discovered beneath its floor, you can visit the church cobbles and get lost in the maze of ancient tombs and hallways.
The Sofia statue
During the communist era, Lenin’s statue was prominent where the Sofia Memorial stands today. One of the symbols of the Bulgarian capital, the statue is metaphorically combines Sophia’s religious and pagan idea. The statue holds a wreath, as the symbol of victory, on one side, and ancient coins on the other one. Also, there is an owl, as symbol of wisdom, which sits on her left arm.
Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St. Alexander Nusky Cathedral is one of the largest Orthodox Christian churches in the world and one of the Sufi symbols. You can see its glossy domes from different and often surprising parts of the city. They sometimes peek through the rooftops of two buildings as well as having glittering effects on the ponds after the rain.
Borisova Gradina Park and Yuzhen Park
Sofia is a green city with many parks where its inhabitants shelter from the noise of the urban life. The large Borisova Gradina Park is located in the center of Sofia, though originally located in the suburbs. Yuzhen Park is another favorite place for Sofia residents to be near the central area. In most Sofia parks, many outdoor activities such as festivals, concerts, and outdoor cinema shows are held in the summer.