The Best Of Sofia In One Day
May 22, 2019
by Mariya Iliychova Georgieva
Bulgaria is a nice country in South Eastern Europe. It is a member of the EU and is famous for its sea and ski resorts. I will recommend you a fantastic day in the capital – Sofia. The walk is not hard and everybody will enjoy it.
You can start your walk from the Borisova Garden and have a nice coffee next to the Ariana Lake or a refreshing morning walk around the park with a lot of squirrels and birds. There are different historical monuments and in the middle of the park is a wonderful pond with waterlilies and turtles. After that continue your walk on the main street around The University of Sofia.
It is the place where all the pavement is yellow and there are situated the most important buildings. The first is the Bulgarian Parliament and behind it is Alexander Nevski – the biggest orthodoxal cathedral in the Balkans. It has golden roofs and is really remarkable. Inside is beautiful because everything around is made of white marble, royal velvet and gold. The Upper Part of the Cathedral is painted with amazing pictures of Saints. There is also a famous miracle icon made of gold of st. Maria, a royal throne and a golden box with a miracle bone of Saint Alexander Nevski. In front of the cathedral is a monument of eternal fire in memoriam of brave heroes of Bulgaria. After you will pass through the Russian Church and The old Royal Castle which is today the National Gallery. In front of the castle is a wonderful garden with colourful flowers, fountains and the magnificent authentic building of National Theater. You can have a nice beer or coffee in this garden and enjoy the life of the locals with a nice music of street musicians. You can continue your walk around the National bank and the square with all governmental buildings – House of the parties, President, the Ministers and the Prime Minister. It is a really beautiful spacious squire which is ending with the Statue of St. Sofia – a symbol of the city.
Ancient ruins and religious tolerance
The most interesting is that under the Governmental square is situated ruins from the ancient city of Serdica. So you can be part of the history there. Above and close to the Statue of Sofia you can see the tolerance of the Bulgarian people towards all the religions. On one square you can see Orthodox and Catholic churches, Mosque and Synagogue.
Next, to the Bulgarian Court, you will walk into Vitosha street. This is the main walking street in Sofia with fine restaurants, coffees, bars and a lot of luxury shops with worldwide brands. At the end of Vitosha Street, you will see the National Palace of Culture. Really remarkable socialistic building with a lot of flowers and beautiful fountains in front of. Behind it, you can visit the tall business building with a fantastic restaurant on the top – The View. You can have a nice dinner or coffee and cake and to enjoy the best panoramic view of Sofia. You will see all the town, the main sightseeings and the mountains that surround the city. It is a really great experience.