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Church
“"St. Alexander Nevsky" is a cathedral of the Bulgarian patriarch. It was built in memory of Alexander Nevsky and his victory over the Teutonic Order in the Battle of Lake Peipsi as a sign of gratitude of the Bulgarians to Russia. The temple is an impressive five-nave cross-domed basilica in neo-Byzantine style with a pronounced central dome, numerous domes, semi-domes and small cylindrical arches. The church is among the 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Theater
“Have a walk in the garden of the theater or lay on the grass under the sunshine or under the shade of old trees, while listening to the fountain and gazing into the wonderful ornaments of the theater. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“The biggest park in Sofia. A nice place for a walk or picnic. Parts of the park are like a forest, preserving the wilderness of nature in an urban environment.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of the best malls around with cinema, playgrounds, lots of food and shop establishments, cafes, shisha bar and the like. Keep in mind it is very crowded on weekends.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The National Art Gallery is situated in the former royal palace of Bulgaria. In the halls where once ministers and royalties took decisions, today you can make a historic run through the artworks of Bulgaria’s most prominent artists. Be sure to not miss the bright winter garden, dedicated to temporary photographic exhibitions. Behind the gallery/palace is a small and quiet park.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Big shopping center, with a lot of shops and restaurants. Great place to spend time on a rainy day. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The nearest shopping center. You can find any kind of clothes and shoes of brands like Bershka, Reserved, H@M, ZARA, after a long day you can have nice dinner in Happy restaurant and relax with one movie in I-max cinema. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“You will be surprised how green Sofia is. Large parks and smaller green areas are one of Sofia’s great advantages. Make sure to enjoy at least a couple of hours walking around Geo Milev park, South Park or Borisova Garden (Sofia’s largest park). ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Convention Center
“In the mid 1970's the government decided that Bulgaria needed a large-scale cultural center. The deadline for its construction was 1981, to host the celebrations marking 1300 years of the establishment of the Bulgarian state. The construction of the complex took only 3 years (1979-1981). The foundations are made of 10 000 tones of steel. The official opening of NDK took place on 31th of March 1981 to mark 1 300 years since the founding of the Bulgaria state.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“Awesome park for chill and walk. Nice place to hang out with family or friends and also there are a couple of historical monuments which are quite interesting. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Fancy place in the center, higher prices than the average but the place is very cosy”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Located in a house, a cultural monument of the city, One More is one of Sofia’s most beloved and visited bars. In spring and summer the garden awaits you with refreshing plant life and light cocktails. In the cold months the stylish interior, mix of history and adventurous contemporary design, provides various hot drinks and fine tunes. Also: the taste and quality of the appetizers and sandwiches here would make most restaurants envious.”
  • 32 locals recommend
History Museum
“The history of Sofia is presented on two floors of the magnificent former Turkish Mineral Baths, just behind the mosque. Exhibitions are divided thematically over eight chambers, with the most interesting rooms dedicated to the Bulgarian royal families of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the findings of recent archeological digs around town. There are plenty of signs in English.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Healthy food made with fresh ingredients in a way to tease your taste buds into coming back again and again... ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Church
“Russian Orthodox Church. Its construction began at the end of the 19th century (the exact date is unknown, as different architectural projects alternate), and lasted for many years, consecrated in 1914 on the eve of World War I. The building was built on a plot of the Russian Embassy designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky specifically for the needs of Russian immigrants in the capital. The murals are the work of a team of artists headed by Vasily Perminov (one of the authors of the murals in Alexander Nevski). The five small domes of the church are gilded. The central dome is 19 m high. The bells were donated by Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Initially conceived as a chapel to the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria, the temple almost immediately lost its role after 1917. After the Second Russian Revolution, priests and bishops of the so-called "Russian Abroad Church" began to serve in it, and the already established temple became the center of numerous Russian immigration in the country. After 1947, the temple was transferred to the diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate, which governs it to this day. (It is considered patriarchy or Stavropiy of this patriarchate). In terms of architecture, the temple was built in the traditions of Russian church architecture from the 19th century - with preserved ancient Russian elements - the so-called "bulbs" (cubes), combined with traditional Old Russian mosaics and woodcarvings, it also bears the marks of more modern architecture and painting. Characteristic of the plan of the temple is the non-axial position of the entrance (the narthex), relative to the altar. Ie the entrance is on the south side, and the altar, according to ancient tradition, points to the east - the two elements form a right angle. In the crypt of the temple is the tomb of Archbishop Seraphim Sobolev (St. Seraphim, Archbishop Bogucharski, Sophia Wonderworker). Thousands of believers and unbelievers approach him asking for miraculous help before exams, important decisions in life or in times of illness and need. Often, they record their prayers on paper and put them in a special box next to his grave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Step back in time at Raketa, a restaurant that teasingly harkens back to the era of socialism in Bulgaria with its Communist memorabilia and other retro decor. You'll want to explore the extensive selection of rakia, a traditional Balkan spirit similar to brandy. Take recommendations from your server if you feel overwhelmed, and perhaps stumble over to Sputnik next door afterwards to continue the night with some offbeat, unique cocktails. Reservations recommended.”
  • 39 locals recommend