Returning to Sofia for our flight back to the UK, we had a couple of hours spare to explore the National Archeological Museum of Bulgaria. This former Ottoman mosque now houses an interesting range of exhibits from around Bulgaria, spread across five halls.

We started in the central hall, which contains items from ancient Thrace, Greece and Rome. These included large sculptures and even a piece of mosaic flooring.

Heading upstairs, we checked out the interesting murals displayed around the gallery.

From here, we popped into the Medieval Section, which included several books, metalwork, wooden carvings and drawings.

At this point, it was nearing closing time and we were encouraged into the Treasury by a friendly guard. This is probably the highlight of the museum, containing beautiful treasures from as far back as the Bronze Age.

Finally, we explored the Prehistory Section, which included exhibits dating from over 1.5 million years ago!

Despite being rather rushed, I really enjoyed visiting this museum and would definitely recommend it if you have spare time in Sofia on a rainy day.


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