Hello guys have you ever thought that someday you will decide to travel across all the capitals of Balkan states, if someone of you decide to travel across all the capitals of Balkan states i will sygest that the first capital to visit to be Sofia,so why Sofia i will tell you guys in my blog.
Sofia is the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. It’s in the west of the country, below Vitosha Mountain. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. Medieval Boyana Church has 13th-century frescoes. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, St. George Rotunda Church has medieval and Ottoman decoration dating to the 10th century.
With a past rooted in Ottoman tradition and Socialist struggle, the narrative of Bulgaria tells a colorful story of conflict, fortitude and perseverance, where the capital city Sofia emerges as a sparkling center of energy and cultural richness. Offering a plethora of compelling galleries, museums, parks and night spots, there has never been a better time to visit the city, which today stands as the second oldest settlement in Europe
Once one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is constructed in a beautiful and intricate Neo-Byzantine style, and is one of Sofia’s most visited landmarks. Built in honor of St Alexander Nevsky, the prince famed for 13th century military victories over Germany and Sweden, the cathedral is seeped in history and is an important symbol of Bulgaria’s past. Today it is the official Church of the Neophyte of Bulgaria, Simeon Nikolov Dimitrov, the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It is a peaceful and magnificent place in which to spend a few quiet moments in the city. Spacious, tranquil and luxuriously ornamented on the inside, visitors can spend hours exploring the majestic interior and prolific ancestry that make this cathedral so symbolic. Which I want to visit one day to see in my eyes the beauty of this amazing Cathedral inside and outside.
Established in 1981 as part of the state of Bulgaria’s 1300th birthday celebrations, the National Palace of Culture in the heart of the city center is a striking sight to behold in itself. The sprawling hexagonal building is made primarily of grass and concrete, and was designed by eminent Bulgarian architect Alexander Georgiev Barov, an artist whose work was prolific during communist-era Bulgaria. Nowadays the building and the surrounding gardens act as an interesting example of the socialist architecture of the past, with its sleek and minimalist aesthetic, harsh geometric lines and imposing size all contributing to its historical artistic significance. As Europe’s largest conference center the palace plays host to a number of compelling events, from art exhibitions to musical concerts, meaning that visitors can be sure to catch something interesting during their visit. Thousands of exhibitions and shows are showcased here all year round.
The bright lights, tall buildings and bustling streets of Sofia can occasionally make it seem like a concrete jungle; take a trip to Borislova Gradina Park for some fresh air and tranquility in the city center. Constructed in 1884 and named after Boris III of Bulgaria, the park is divided into three parts. Each section was designed by a different successful and accomplished gardener: Joseph Frei, Georgi Duhtev and Daniel Neff. Including a number of peaceful green spaces and tree nurseries, as well as its famously alluring water lily lake, the park is a charming place in which to experience Bulgaria’s natural beauty. For history and architecture lovers, the park is also home to the Borisova Gradina TV Tower, an impressive 14 story building which served as the headquarters for the first Bulgarian National Television broadcasts in 1959.
This fairly new museum aims to showcase the artwork created in Bulgaria’s socialist period, presenting pieces by some of the most notable painters and sculptors of the time. Featuring an indoor gallery and an outdoor sculpture park, The Museum of Socialist Art contains a number of engaging exhibits, including the red star that once adorned the Socialist Party headquarters in Sofia. There are also a number of sculptures depicting famous leaders, most notably Joseph Stalin, figures which previously lined the streets of the city. This compelling collection strives to exemplify the advances in art achieved during the socialist struggle, particularly the development of Socialist Realism, a style which glorified communist values and sought to honor the proletariat classes. A beguiling and reflective venue to visit in the heart of Sofia.One of my friend was in this museum and he told me I was so amazed about this place it gives me mind peace to see the museum and to hear the story behind this wonderful museum.
So guys this is my blog of the capital of Bulgaria hope you enjoyed it and like it this wonderful city with so much culture and so much history and so much sacrifice of the people of Bulgari to keep save this undying city.See you in the next blog.