Sofia

City Walk 1

08 Dec 2016

Horse > Parliament > Alexander Nevsky Church > Crypt > Unknown Soldier > St Sofia Church > Opera > Levski Monument > National Gallery for Foreign Art >Library > University

This tour starts from Narodno Sabranie Square, and the Radisson Blu Hotel. The Square is classified as a blue zone car park, so if you are travelling by car, remember vouchers must be purchased from the attendant. In the middle of the Square sits the impressive Tsar Osvoboditel monument, portraying the Russian Tsar Alexander II on horseback. To get to the Cathedral, make your way past the beautiful white parliament building referred to as the National Assembly (Narodno Subranie).

Alexander Nevski Cathedral is without a doubt the most spectacular building in Sofia and a must for every visitor.The Crypt below the cathedral is part of the National Art Gallery, which houses the Old Bulgarian Art Collection, depicting Orthodox Church Art from its origins in the 4th century through to the 19th century National Revival period.

To the side of the cathedral and in stark contrast is the oldest Eastern Orthodox Church in Sofia, St.Sofia .Outside St.Sofia burns the eternal flame of the unknown soldier, created in 1981 to honour the nation's war casualties and just a little further along behind the church is the grave of Bulgaria’s national poet, Ivan Vazov.

The large square around Alexander Nevski and St. Sofia doubles up as a flea market aimed directly at the tourists visiting the area. On the one side you have the Bulgarian grannies with their embroidered table linens, on the other stalls selling all types of memorabilia as well as several artists’ stalls (advice: be prepared to haggle and only pay what they are worth to you) This area is also Sofia's main square for welcoming foreign dignitaries (the Pope, President Clinton) and public assemblies.Take a moment to look up beyond the hustle and bustle of the flea market to notice the beautiful mosaic façade of the Holy Synod.

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