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Mini guide to Sofia


The capital of Bulgaria is crammed with ancient monuments that are well worth visiting, including: the Alexander Nevski Memorial Church, the St Sofia Church and the Vassil Levski Monument. Adding to the city's charm are ski resorts, old monasteries and lush woodland.

Thought by many to be the finest piece of architecture in the Balkans, the Alexander Nevski Memorial Church took over 30 years to build and involved craftsmen and artisans from six countries working on its icons, frescoes, murals and huge chandeliers. The interior of the church is lined with Italian marble and there is an extensive collection of icons in the crypt.

St Sofia Church was built in the 4th century during the reign of Justinian, and its name was adopted for the city in the 14th century. It is still possible to make out remnants of the original murals; and, beside the church wall is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One soldier who is fondly remembered is Vassil Levski, who struggled to liberate Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. The monument to him is located on the spot where he was hung by the Turks in 1873.

As a capital city, Sofia is well endowed with shops selling everything you might need or want; clothing is of particularly good value. There is also a vast range of restaurants, offering not only local specialities but also food from countries around the world, such as Japan, India and Italy.

One of the most popular places to visit near to town is Mount Vitosha, where a cable car takes you up to the ski resort of Aleko at 1868m. The ski season runs from early December until late spring, but the scenery is beautiful at any time of year.

By car, the E79 goes to Sofia from Greece; the E80 from Turkey crosses the border at Kapitan Andreevo; while the E79 travels from Romania. Sofia International Airport is served by flights from most major European cities, so the city is relatively easy to get to. For getting around the city itself, you will find the local trams, buses and trolley buses more convenient than a car, as parking is severely limited.

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Princess Hotel

Radisson SAS Grand Hotel

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