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Sofia (София) is the capital of Bulgaria. It is also the biggest city in the country with about 1.4 mln citizens (including suburbs). Today, Sofia is a dynamic Eastern European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful orthodox churches. Furthermore, it claims to be one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery and a developed ski-resort so close to it - the Vitosha mountain. Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe with ruins spread across the city center. It was founded because of the quality of its mineral waters. In the city alone there are 7 independent mineral water springs. One of the springs is in the central area of the city and is accessible for everybody - cross the square behind the mosque, next to TSUM (the intersection of Iskar and Ekzarh Yosif streets). In the administrative center of Sofia the streets are covered with a specific yellow pavement. It was laid in the beginning of the 20th century and were a present to the Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand for his wedding from the Austria-Hungarian royal family.

Sofia Popular attractions :
National Assembly of Bulgaria : http://www.parliament.bg/
Sofia University :  http://www.uni-sofia.bg/
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences :  http://www.bas.bg/
Ivan Vazov National Theatre :  http://www.nationaltheatre.bg/
SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library : http://www.nationallibrary.bg/
National Palace of Culture  : http://www.ndk.bg/ - The biggest congress center in the Balkans (a massive monolithic communist-style building). Known as  NDK (en-de-ka), as most Bulgarians refer to it by this acronym.
Central Military Club :  It`s a multi-purpose monument of culture building in the city center.

Sofia Museums :
National Museum of Military History :  http://www.militarymuseum.bg/
Ethnographic Institute with Museum : http://ethnography.cc.bas.bg/  - Has a permanent collection of traditional Bulgarian costumes as well as a changing exhibition.
Earth and Man National Museum : http://earthandman.org/
National Museum of History : http://www.historymuseum.org/   - The National Museum of History in Sofia contains more than 650,000 exhibits and is one of the largest history museums on the Balkans. The aim of the museum is to provide a comprehensive view on Bulgarian history from the prehistory to present, in as broad an European context as possible. Be prepared to spend several hours as the museum is quite large. About half of the exhibits have English captions.
National Institute of Archaeology and Museum :  http://aim.sofianet.net/
National Polytechnic Museum : http://www.polytechnicmuseum.org/
National Museum of Natural History :  Has four floors of everything from rocks and minerals to insects and stuffed bison. It is a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.
House-Museum of Ivan Vazov : On the corner of the streets G. Rakovski and Ivan Vazov.
Museum of Sport  : 1A Bulgaria Blvd. National Stadium Vasil Levski
Museum of Paleontology and historical geology : 15 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd. Inside Sofia University.
National Literature Museum 138 G. S. Rakovski Str., floor 2
National Agricultural Museum 30 Suhodolska Str.
National Ecclesiastical History-Archeological Museum 19 Sveta Nedelya Sq.

Sofia Galleries :
National Gallery for Foreign : http://www.foreignartmuseum.bg/
National Art Gallery : Has old Bulgarian art, icons, etc.
Sofia Art Gallery : http://www.sghg.bg/
Sofia City Art Gallery : 1 General Gurko St.

Sofia Churches:
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral : One of the largest orthodox churches worldwide.
Boyana Church : This small 14th-century church and garden is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church contains some very well preserved Christian murals. It is located at the foot of Vitosha mountain and is a good starting point for day trips in the mountain.
Church of St. George : It`s situated behind the Sheraton Hotel.
Hagia Sophia Church : It was built in the 6th century over an even older church. It is a witness of the whole Bulgarian history and is a valued cultural monument. In the 14th century it gave its name to the city of Sofia. It was destroyed several times and during the Ottoman rule it was used as a mosque.
Catholic cathedral St. Joseph : http://www.catholic-bg.org
Other places of worship  : Banya Bashi Mosque - Sofia Synagogue  One of the largest in Europe.

Sofia Historical buildings :
Amphitheatre of Serdica : Located in the geographical center of the city under the flags of the EU.
Battenberg MausoleumThe mausoleum and final resting place of Prince Alexander I of Bulgaria (1857–1893), the first Head of State of modern Bulgaria.
Monument to Vasil Levski : It commemorates the hanging of Bulgarian national hero and major revolutionary figure Vasil Levski in the city on 18 February 1873.
Monument to the Tsar Liberator : Representing the power of freedom and across from it are the National Assembly and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Monument to the Unknown Soldier : Across from Alexander Nevsky cathedral; on the side of Hagia Sofia's Church.
Knyaz Battenberg's Palace : Right in front of the city garden.
Sofia Public Mineral Baths : It is an old building of interest, although it is in process of renovation at the moment.

Sofia Parks :
Borisova gradina : It`s the "lungs" of the city, with the '''Ariana Lake'''
City Garden :  It`s the oldest and most central public garden, in existence since 1872.
Largo
Orlov Most : It`s a bridge over the Perlovska River in the centre of Sofia
Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square
Slaveykov Square : It`s an open-air book market.
Patriarch Evtimiy Square
Sofia Zoo : http://www.sofiazoo.eu/
South Park :  A nice park in the south-east part of the city, although a bit to crowded on weekends.

Things to Do in Sofia :
Cafes and restaurants : Sofia is full of trendy cafes with outdoor seating in the summer and good-quality restaurants. National Opera and Ballet : see more details at http://www.operasofia.com. Arena Cinema : http://www.kinoarena.com/ It`s one of the biggest Bulgarian cinema multiplex. Cinemas in Sofia play all films except children's films in their original language with Bulgarian subtitles.

Get around Sofia :
Vitosha : is a magnificent landmark mountain rising just south of the capital. It is easily accessible by public transportation or by car and day trips in Vitosha in a sunny day are highly recommended. In the winter it is well suited for skiing and its proximity allows one day ski-trips; in the summer it is great for hiking. A great way to spend few days in Sofia, being on its "balcony," enjoying sunny days on the mountain with a spectacular view on the capital. So going to Sofia provide gives you a unique chance to witness the rare symbiosis of the metropolitan city with its nature park.
Rila Monastery : is the most famous monastery in Bulgaria, situated in the huge Rila Massive. It`s just one hour and a half drive away from Sofia.
Plovdiv : is the second largest city in Bulgaria. It`s just one hour drive on a good highway away from Sofia. Plovdiv lies around three hills in the otherwise totally flat Thracian plane. It's historical center, Roman remnants & relaxed feeling make it a great day-trip.
Veliko Turnovo : a beautiful city along a winding river, the former capital of Bulgaria in the middle ages. The original city castle and walls are reconstructed. Be sure also to visit nearby Arbanassi.

Sofia Flights & Airports : Sofia Airport  (SOF) is the busiest airport in Bulgaria and it was built around 1930. It is located only 10km from the city center, in the eastern parts of Sofia. Over 25 airlines fly in and out of Sofia Airport with daily flights linking Sofia with Athens, Paris, Vienna, London, Rome and other European cities.Some of the traditional airlines with flights to/from Sofia are Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, LOT, Lufthansa, Malev, Olympic Airways, Tarom and Turkish Airlines. Bulgaria Air, the national carrier flies to Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Beirut, Berlin - Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest - Otopeni, Frankfurt, Istanbul - Atatürk, Kiev - Boryspil, Larnaca, London - Gatwick, London - Heathrow, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Moscow - Sheremetyevo, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Rome - Fiumicino, Skopje, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tripoli, Valencia, Vienna, Zürich. Bulgaria Air`s operates domestic flights to Burgas and Varna.

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