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“Nothing special” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sofia Public Mineral Baths - CLOSED

Sofia Public Mineral Baths
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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64 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

There are in the city center and if you want you can visit it, but in my opinion it is nothing special. Many people go there to fill their bottles with mineral water for their homes, some people traveling about an 1 hour to do that. Because the mineral water is very healthy.

Visited January 2013
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Naples, Italy
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1,361 reviews
303 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,968 helpful votes
“clouds of steam in the center of the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

I went there with snow and ice and I washed my hands with the "healing" mineral water, while many Bulgarian filled plastic bottles. The water is quite warm but not too hot and has a slight sulfur taste. With the snow it was a very suggestive show to see the clouds of steam that rose from the fountains and reddened faces and hands.
The actual Baths are in a building behind the square and are not currently open. Even from the outside the building -influenced by the Art Nouveau - is very nice

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

It was very interesting to see ordinary, everyday people coming with many plastic bottles to collect this water, which is slightly sulphuric. I loved the gardens in front of the magnificent Baths, which are unfortunately closed. I hope they refurbish them, as it looks like an amazing building. I loved the tiles and decorations along the outside, a real art deco treasure!

Visited June 2013
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Spokane, Washington, United States
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103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Baths are not really baths but troughs that the hot mineral water flows into. Many Bulgarians come to fill their bottles or wash their hands and faces with the "healing" mineral water. The water is quite warm but not too hot and has a slight sulfur taste. The actual Baths are in a building behind the square and are not currently open.

Visited July 2013
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Paris
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212 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
“Decaying grandiose building”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

In the center of Sofia, just behind the Tsum department store and the old mosque, there is a beautiful old building. On the sides of this building, there are fountains pouring boiling, mineral water which people believe has healing properties.Many people come, sometimes from far with their cars or the tramway, carrying empty plastic bottles to fill them with this special water, it is absolutely free. We had a turn around these decaying grandiose old Public Mineral Baths, taking photos and wishing that it was still open. It must have been wonderful to be able to bath in this warm spring and, if the indoor was as beautiful as the outdoor building, it must have been really very special. Let's hope that an investor restores this magnificent place to its former grandeur! So many places now call themselves spas when, in fact, they are only glorified bathrooms, here there is this wonderful water and this building, you wonder why it is left in such a bad shape, many people would spend a lot of money in a spa like that.

Visited March 2013
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