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#1 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral     This is the most impressive and most popular attraction in Sofia. Constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, the church was built as a... more »

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#2 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Mountains; Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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#3 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. The church houses the National Museum, which... more » Owner description: Located at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, Bojana Church is about 900 years old. The church houses the National Museum, which focuses on regional history, art and cultural artifacts. « less
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#4 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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#5 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Museums
Owner description: The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the... more » Owner description: The National Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences covers the complete study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the remote past until the 18th century. The Museum of Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. NIAM-BAS was established in 1949 as a follower and successor of the Department of Valuables - part of the Library established in Sofia in 1879 and reformed into a National Museum in 1892 - and the Bulgarian Institute of Archaeology (1921), which was the first academic institute in Bulgaria. « less
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#6 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Military Museums
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#7 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Operas
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#8 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Owner description: Dextrophobia Rooms are the first real life room escape games in Bulgaria. Dextrophobia's first room is situated in the center... more » Owner description: Dextrophobia Rooms are the first real life room escape games in Bulgaria. Dextrophobia's first room is situated in the center of Sofia and opens on 09/06/2014. Rules are simple - 1 team, 1 hour, 1 room, 1 exit. Team from 2 to 5 people enters the room. Once inside they are locked and have 1 hour to solve all puzzles and mysteries in order to get get out of the room victorious. « less
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#9 of 65 attractions in Sofia

The National Museum of History has the most impressive collection of national treasures and it is the largest museum in Bulgaria. Through more than 650,000 artifacts, it tells the... more »

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#10 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
Built in the 4th century, this is the oldest building in Sofia.
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#11 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Owner description: Provide Internet access for public use, combined with a wide range of services - scanning, printing, recording audio and... more » Owner description: Provide Internet access for public use, combined with a wide range of services - scanning, printing, recording audio and video materials, photocopying,and competent assistance in working with computers and specialized software.We have a modern computer equipment - widescreen monitors and high speed fiber optic internet. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere with a cup of coffee in the Web Zon@. « less
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#12 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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Category: Religious Sites
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#13 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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#14 of 65 attractions in Sofia
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#15 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Art Museums
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#16 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
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#17 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Historic Walking Areas
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#18 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: History Museums
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#19 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#20 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Educational Sites
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#21 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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#23 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: In the past Serdica was the capital of the eastern province of Dacia Mediterranea - part of the Great Roman Empire. It was an... more » Owner description: In the past Serdica was the capital of the eastern province of Dacia Mediterranea - part of the Great Roman Empire. It was an important commercial and political centre, large and well developed city, built in a Roman style with large stone streets, a forum, beautiful temples and impressive buildings with magnificent decorations.In 2004 during the construction works in the city center of Sofia unexpectedly came across a part of a Roman wall. Archaeological excavations immediately started – thus the Amphitheatre of Serdica (Amphiteatrum Serdicense) was discovered! This is a monumental public building with an elliptical layout and an arena in the middle, elliptically surrounded by the tiered seats for the spectators. The great number of coins and pottery discovered enabled the researchers to identify two periods in III-IV century. During the research on the site it became evident that about 5 meters under the amphitheatre there is a theatre, built in II-III century, i.e. 100 years earlier. A unique complex combining ancient amphitheatre and theatre was discovered. These are the largest buildings from the age of ancient Serdica, evidencing its heyday during the centuries. The finding was declared unique and the discovery - unmatched in the world!The Arena of Serdica is 60.5 m long and 43 m wide. However, the Amphitheatre of Serdica is the only one in the world, combining a Roman theatre and a late antique amphitheatre in one place and the only such public building in the Balkans. This makes the site truly unique and the discovery - sensational. It is a fact that no other capital or even city in the world can boast a theatre and amphitheatre together and located in its very centre. Its construction began during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian and was completed by the Emperor Constantine the Great.Interesting Facts:- The first evidence for the existence of an amphitheatre with arena for fights is a stone plate found in 1919 near the present-day building of the Council of Ministers. It is assumed that it served as an “advertising banner” at the entrance of the ancient Serdica. Nowadays it is preserved and is on display in the Archaeological Museum in Sofia.- The plate reveals images of lions, tigers, bulls, crocodiles, which took part in combat with Gladiators. The Christians persecuted at this time were thrown to the wild beasts for the amusement of the spectators. The excavations revealed teeth of bear.- The amphitheatre was located outside the fortress walls of the ancient town and now it is located in the centre of Sofia.- Its walls have been preserved in their actual form and the combat arena is covered with sand as it was in the past. The origin of the word “arena” is from the Latin word for sand “harena”. The sand was selected as the most suitable material to absorb the blood of the victims.- When standing in the ruins of the amphitheatre and looking up at the street level, it becomes evident how ages and nature have deposited a new layer of about 12 m between the town of Serdika from III century and the modern city.- The walls of the amphitheatre and the sectors with seats were about 5 floors high and correspond to the level of the nowadays Moskovska Street. About 25,000 spectators gathered on the site. Its opposite end is found to be near the Youth Theatre on Dondukov Blvd.- 7 stone seats for spectators are preserved and placed in their original locations.- Here the dressing rooms of the actors involved in theatrical performances can be seen, as well as the entrance of the east gate, where the chariots passed during the gladiatorial combat.- Clad in metal and leather, people from all over the empire used to die or gain their freedom on the arena.Besides the metallic clink of weapons, the ruins remembered recitations of poets and orators, virtuoso performances of musicians and actors, exalted cheers of spectators.- Clay tiles still bear the footprints of animals - goats, dogs, cats, immortalized their traces in the uncured slabs of the ancient builders.A dwelling and a furnace dated V-VI century and a well dated IV-V century were also discovered.Superstructures built during the age of the Ottoman Empire were found, as well as coins and pottery from this period. Legends about the Emperor Diocletian – the creator of the Amphitheatre of Serdica - Diocletian was characterized with his lust for power, serious and pensive look, as if contemplating great deals. It had been predicted that he would reach the supreme power after killing a boar, so he repeatedly went hunting. - When seized power, Diocletian reserved for himself the eastern empire and the position of senior co-emperor. He took the name Jovius – from the name of god Jove, Jupiter. - Diocletian first introduced as mandatory the complex royal ceremonies followed by almost all the emperors after him, aimed at enhancing the power and limiting the access to the autocrats deified while still alive. - After the solemn abdication of Diocletian - the only emperor who retired voluntarily - it turns out that it was only his authority that protected the Tetrarchy from collapsing. - Diocletian spent the last years of his life in his huge palace, which was built near his hometown of Aspalatos (today's city of Split) in Dalmatia. According to legend, when some messengers came to him with a request to return to power again, he replied to them that “if they knew what vegetables he himself grew in his garden, they would never ask him to become the Emperor again”. « less
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#24 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Art Museums
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#26 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Religious Sites
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#27 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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#28 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Sitting on a bench in Slaveikov Square are iron statues of the famous father and son poets,Pencho and Petko Slaveikov.
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#29 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Specialty Museums
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#30 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Category: Museums
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