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Grows but never ages

Situated in the western part of the country, the capital Sofia has 1,2 million inhabitants. It is the biggest city as well as the industrial and cultural centre of the country. The city is built at the foothills of Vitosha Mountain.

Founded seven thousand years ago, Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe. It has been given several names in the course of history and the remnants of the old cities can still be seen today.

Serdika was the name of the central dwelling of the ancient Thracian tribe known as “Serdi”. It bore that name when it became part of the Bulgarian state at the beginning of the ninth century and was soon recognised as one of the most important feudal towns, acquiring the Slavic name Sredets.

The city has been known by this name since the 14th century and is one of the oldest towns in Europe. Throughout the centuries Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Turks have left hundreds of archeological, historical and cultural monuments.

Sofia in figures

- Territory - 1310 sq km
- Height above the sea level - 550 m
- Population - 1,220,000
- Population density - 907 people per sq km
- Average age of population 38.3 years

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    Happy Birthday and greetings from snowy Frankfurt am Main. I've just been looking at the updates that you have added since my last visit to this page in April 2006.

  • AKHTARSAYYAD's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    Hi Nina What a nice page...! love from Nasik India..! -akhtar

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Wow! You have great tips, with lots of information... next year we want to go to Greece, but combine it with either Bulgaria, Macedonia or Albania, I think Sofia is a great choice for us!!

  • Feb 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Lovely picture and info! volopolo

  • Laura_Mexico's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Hey, wish you a very happy birthday, cheers from Mexico!

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Hi I heard a lot about Sofia from my Bulgarian friends. Hope to visit in the future. Greetings

  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Just full of info. Much appreciated. No less expensive hotels/hostels that you can recommend?

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2007 at 8:19 AM

    Wow, very informative page aout Sofia, such an splendid old town, I love it!!! I must add Bulgaria on my list for sure!:) thanks for so many information!;)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2007 at 6:46 AM

    Nice to know about bringing a map & I must find a copy of the book

  • fox_1005's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 7:32 AM

    I will visit sofia for business early february. Your page gives maximum information in a minimum of time! Very useful!!


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