The St. George Rotunda is the oldest standing building in Sofia, built in the fourth century by the Romans. The red brick early Christian rotunda was built on the site of a pagan temple. It has since been used as a mosque, at which point the famous murals inside were painted over (they have been … Continue reading Church of St. George
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 … Continue reading National Archeological Museum
From the Boyana church, we continued walking uphill and joined the path leading towards the Boyana waterfall. The route initially meandered through gentle woodland, but very rapidly became a LOT steeper. At this point there was the choice between the easy or challenging routes, but even the "easy" one was very hard going. I'd really … Continue reading Hiking to the Boyana waterfall
We visited this medieval Bulgarian Orthodox Church en route to the Boyana waterfall, and it was definitely worth the stop. A UNESCO world heritage site, the church was built in stages between the 10th-13th centuries, with the west wing added in the 19th century. The exterior of the church at first seems a little drab, … Continue reading Boyana Church
This Bulgarian Orthodox Church was founded in 1902 on the site where once stood (in reverse chronological order) an Ottoman Mosque, a nunnery, an early Christian temple, and a Roman pagan temple. While most parts of the church are built in traditional, romantic Bulgarian style, the central hall and dome were retained from the mosque.
This lovely park in the centre of Sofia makes a lovely place for a quite afternoon stroll. However, the main attraction is a huge Soviet Army monument at one end of the park. This monument was built in 1954 to commemorate the liberation of Bulgaria. On top of the monument, a soldier stands between a … Continue reading Knyazheska Garden
Meaning Boris' Garden (after Tsar Boris III), this large park is the oldest and most famous in Sofia. The park is filled with a range of trees and flowers for all to enjoy. We entered by the Vasil Levsky Stadium, where many major football matches and concerts are held. Further in we also came across … Continue reading Borisova Gradina