Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria
The capital of Bulgaria - the oldest city in Europe. Its history goes back almost three thousand years. Modern Sofia is virtually identical to the Russian million-plus city, which preserved its historic center.
Church of Hagia Sophia
Pretty nondescript building with thickwalls. Seeing the church the first time it can take for the museum, bath, something else, but not the main temple of the capital. After all, he gave it the name of Sophia. Sofia Bulgaria erected simultaneously with the Hagia Sophia, located in distant Istanbul. The initiator of the construction of both buildings was the Roman emperor Constantine the Great.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Find it, you can while walking pennycities. Temple, in fact, is a monument to the soldiers, just as a memorial, located on the Shipka Pass. The cathedral was built in memory of Russian soldiers who died in the war with the Turks. It is the largest church in Bulgaria, at the same time ready to receive five thousand believers.
Another attraction of the city, moreknown as the "Turkish Bath". Do not just submit a nondescript building. On the contrary, it is a charming architectural gem Sophia, unfortunately, came into decay. Preserved elegant facade and ceramic design reminiscent of a medieval church of Nessebar. After the completion of the reconstruction of the civil museum will be housed in the building.
The central part of the area between the building and the bathBanya Bashi mosque is decorated with a beautiful fountain. For the building itself a bath you can find a whole range of fountains, where the locals are gaining mineral water.
National Art Gallery offersthe possibility of visitors to the city to assess the work of Bulgarian artists. Here is the biggest collector's collection that includes paintings and sculptures of 19-20 centuries. The halls are exhibited the works of Vladimir Dimitrov - the author of the famous orange painting "Reaper." Will appreciate the beauty of "Dream of Mary Magdalene" Gosha Datsova brush and causing tremors canvas George Maszewo "Cast Away". On the second floor there is a collection of statues belonging to this famous sculptor Ivan Lazarov, Vasco Emmanuilovoy and Andrey Nikolov.
Tiny church hiding in a cozy green park. To find it, you can at the very outskirts of the capital at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.
The oldest part of the church is dated to the early 11th century. It refers to its two floors, the rest of the extension appeared only in the mid-19th century.
Particularly noteworthy church frescoes (1259). By the way, they are well preserved until our times.