Sofia

City Walk 2

08 Dec 2016

St.Nedelya Church > Rotunda > St. Petka > Tzum > Sofia statue > Central Baths>Mosque > Halite > Synagogue > (Pirotska St.) > Zhenski Pazaar > Lions Bridge

Directly in front of the Sheraton Hotel you will see the St. Nedelya Church, situated on the square of the same name. Its central location makes it the focal point for locals and you may well be able to observe a wedding, christening or funeral.

Crossing the square, make your way to the courtyard area behind the Sheraton Hotel, where you will find the St. George Rotunda set among the excavations of ancient Roman ruins. Flanking the courtyard at the opposite end is the Presidency, the administrative quarters of Bulgaria's president. The beautifully attired guards of honour outside the entrance are well worth a snapshot. Looking diagonally across from the Presidency you will see an imposing white colonaded building, flanked by major traffic routes either side. This is the former Communist Party House (until August 1990 seat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party) and marks the top end of an area known as the Largo with its unique yellow brick road. The yellow bricks were in fact a present from the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph to his cousin Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg in 1907. The column at the top of the building was in it’s hey day adorned with a red star! This was removed after the collapse of the communist era.

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