Find the top 5 places to see in Sofia by reading the post below.
You are at the Sofia airport, just arrived for your Eastern European touristic stop. You are wondering where to after you settle in your already arranged hotel. Assuming you love history and nature, here is our recommendation for the top 5 places you should see.
Our List of “Top 5 Places To See in Sofia”
1. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – A cathedral built as a monument of gratitude to the Russian soldiers who have died in the Russian-Turkish Wars that led to the Bulgarian liberation from the Turkish yoke. The beautiful exquisite cathedral in Neo-Byzantine architectural style with a golden-plated dome will welcome you into the mystical world of Eastern Orthodox church life and its splendour. Beneath the floor of the church is the crypt turned into a museum of medieval and ancient art, exhibiting some of the finest Bulgarian icons and wall paintings from the 12th to the 19th century.
2. Saint Sofia Church – Saint Sofia Church – One of the oldest churches in Europe, built on the foundation of a Roman theatre in the 2nd century. The church has been demolished and rebuilt several times, then turned into a mosque at one point and then back into a church. It has many stories to tell of the people who lived in this land. Under the church is another world to see – the catacombs of Sofia. Saint Sofia Church is like a time machine for going back to antiquity.
3. The National History Museum – The National History Museum – With its over 650 000 objects and many permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum will help you make a tour of the past from great antiquity to modern days. Thracian, Roman, Byzantine history, the history of the First, Second and Third Bulgarian Kingdoms and more – all at a glance. You can see the Panagyurishte Gold Treasure, for example, which dates back to the 4th-3rd century BC; you can also see ancient coins from this and other parts of the world with the coins telling their own story of the past. That’s not all, of course, that can be seen at the museum. You can find out for yourself what else has survived the ages and made it to our days!
4. The National Museum of Natural History – The National Museum of Natural History – With a history of more than one hundred and twenty years, it is the oldest museum in Bulgaria and the oldest and richest among the natural history museums of the Balkan Peninsula. The nearly one million and a half specimens of animals, plants and minerals offer you a bird’s eye view of the biodiversity and beauty of the region. 4 stories high, 15 halls of direct interaction with the beautiful colours, forms and design of living and non-living nature. It’s like walking amidst nature. The experience is worth it!
5. The Vitosha Mountain – The Vitosha Mountain – After being immersed in the historical depths of Bulgaria’s past you can lift your eyes up and see the Vitosha mountain – so nearby and easily accessible by bus lines and mountain lifts. The fourth highest mountain in Bulgaria with its 2290 meters above sea level. Vitosha Nature Park is the oldest on the Balkans. Mountain biking, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing – take your pick. And much more to see, even a church! Boyana Church, a medieval Orthodox church, famous for its murals and frescos from the 13th century! Cherni Vrah peak (The Black Peak), the highest peak in the mountain – 2290m/7626ft. Golden Bridges, the largest stone river in the Vitosha Mountains! Boyana waterfall, the highest in the mountain. The fall is 18m/60ft, at an altitude of 1260m/4196ft. A TV tower, a meteorological station, Aleko mountain hut – choose your stop! Enough, right? Going back centuries is tiring. Examining the biodiversity of a country is tiring too, right? You deserved your rest!
I hope you will enjoy “top 5 places to see in Sofia” by visiting them soon.
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