Ploshtad Bulgaria


Watched over by the polygonal concrete bulk of the National Palace of Culture, this elongated park, with a fountain, ice-cream kiosks and bars, is popular with promenading locals, skateboarding teens and buskers. At the southern end is a tiny memorial chapel dedicated to the victims of communism.

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1. National Palace of Culture

0.15 MILES

Sofia's vast concert hall dates from 1981 and houses countless chambers, as well as music clubs and cafes. It watches over an elongated park known as pl…

2. Peyo Yavorov House-Museum

0.26 MILES

The Romantic poet and revolutionary Peyo Yavorov (1878–1914) briefly lived in a small apartment here; the three rooms have been restored to their original…

3. Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church

0.45 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…

4. Earth & Man Museum

0.49 MILES

This rather old-fashioned museum is dedicated to geology, with two floors of minerals, crystals, ores and the like. There are some big and impressive…

5. Sofia City Art Gallery

0.58 MILES

The chunky building at the southern end of the City Garden park is an art gallery staging rotating exhibitions of mostly contemporary Bulgarian and…

6. Ivan Vazov House-Museum

0.58 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. Sofia City Garden

0.64 MILES

This small, central park, bounded on its northern end by ul Tsar Osvoboditel, is favoured by Sofia's chess-playing pensioners. It's home to the National…

8. Sveta Nedelya Cathedral

0.69 MILES

Completed in 1863, this magnificent domed church is one of the city’s major landmarks, and is noted for its rich, Byzantine-style murals. The church was…