Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


This monument is located on the southern side of Sveta Sofia Church, facing the Aleksander Nevski Church. It's marked by an eternal flame meant to commemorate Bulgarian soldiers who died in defence of the nation. The inscription recites a poem by Ivan Vazov; the poet himself is buried in the adjoining park.

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1. Sveta Sofia Church

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2. Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

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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…

3. Aleksander Nevski Crypt

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4. National Gallery Quadrat 500

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5. Sveti Nikolai Russian Church

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6. Sofia University Botanical Garden

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7. National Assembly

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8. National Museum of Natural History

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