Mausoleum of Prince Alexander I Battenberg


This unusual building with its lone copper dome is the final resting place of modern Bulgaria's first head of state.

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1. Monument to the Soviet Army

0.12 MILES

Near the entrance to Borisova Gradina, this gigantic monument was built in 1954 and is a prime example of the forceful socialist realism of the period…

3. National Assembly


This imposing neoclassical palace houses the Bulgarian parliament and dates from the 1880s. It's normally closed to the public. Its likeness is traced on…

4. Eagles Bridge

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This late 19th-century landmark bridge crosses the Perlovska River and is adorned by four eagles.

5. Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church

0.27 MILES

Set in a leafy garden, this church dedicated to Sts Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples was originally built as a mosque in 1528; it later became…

6. Ivan Vazov House-Museum

0.27 MILES

Bulgaria’s best-loved author, Ivan Vazov (1850–1921) lived at this house from 1895 until his death. Vazov wrote Under the Yoke, a classic of Bulgarian…

7. Aleksander Nevski Crypt

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Originally built as a final resting place for Bulgarian kings, this crypt now houses Bulgaria's biggest and best collection of icons, stretching back to…

8. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral


One of the symbols not just of Sofia but of Bulgaria itself, this massive, awe-inspiring church was built between 1882 and 1912 in memory of the 200,000…