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The Bells (Kambanite)

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Address: Sofia, Bulgaria

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A nice place to visit with a young family. Unfortunately it is not that well kept by international standards. The access is up a track that is not sign posted, so easily missed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael G
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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35 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not sure how all this started,but there were bells given to Bulgaria from pretty much all countries in the world.The bells each had specific shape / ornaments depending on the country that made them.The Vietnamese bell was quite different from the American or Dutch ones.Sadly over time the place became dilapidated.I went for the first time in 2005... More 

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Thank Do T
Sofia, Bulgaria
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not bad for a walk but the bells' condition is just saddening. Some are damaged, other are even missing... I was kind of disappointed.

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Thank camuchee
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monument itself is interesting. Sadly some of the bells are missing, but children can still have s lot of fun, ringing the remaining ones. Each bell represents a country and is unique and only children are allowed to ring them (at least this is what the sign sais). It's easier to go there with a car and using GPS... More 

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Thank Toni G
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to visit with a young family. Unfortunately it is not that well kept by international standards. The access is up a track that is not sign posted, so easily missed. It is still definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Michael G
New York
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original monument (a park with bells from most then existing countries dedicated to the children of the world - it's interactive and kids were welcome to come and ring the bells) was a very cool idea - it was set up at the end of the 70s by the daughter of Bulgaria's former communist leader. It seems the place... More 

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Thank ny_ten
Sleaford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This monument was the brainchild of the daughter of one of Bugaria's communist leaders. It is set in a park and consists of a tower with bells and round the outside are bells from different countries that you can ring. The aim was to bring all of the children of the world together. A lovely idea and fun.

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Thank Susies1403
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Arriving at the Business park metro station, The guide books will tell you it is a 10 minute walk to the bells - we found it to be more like 20-30 and not a particularly easy route (again, no signposts so you will need a map). Walking through the business park to the cinema is a less hair-raising route avoiding... More 

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1 Thank MrThomas1981
Bern, Switzerland
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The place consists of many bells coming from all over the world. It's great to see if you happen to be nearby anyway. I wouldn't recommend it if you have to travel a lot to get there. Everything can be seen and enjoyed within 10-15 minutes.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Personally, I liked the place for a short walk from Business Park, post lunch. This place has historical relevance and should have been more maintained, even if that means to introduce entry fees for the visitors.

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Thank Christine G
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

An interesting location, where bells can still be found to work, although some have been stolen for their scrap value, I assume. I was told that they symbolise the unity of children around the world and that UNICEF was involved with the development. It sits within a pretty park on the outskirts of Sofia. You really need a car to... More 

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