"Central Baths" Public Bath Tip by viddra

Public Bath, Sofia: 6 reviews and 10 photos

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  • the remains of the public mineral baths - Sofia
      the remains of the public mineral baths
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  • Central Baths - Sofia

From the earliest times, Sofia's main attraction's been its thermal springs, which are still in public use today, as a water source. What's more, you can see a mineral spring on the city's coat-of-arms.

The colourful building in the main picture was built on the site of a former smaller Ottoman bath. When it was opened in 1911, it had separate facilities for men and women. The hot mineral spring's been used for bathing and healing purposes ever since.

The present building was designed by the Bulgarian architect Petko Momchilov in 1906. Today, it's being restored. The inside will be a Museum of Sofia and a Thermal Healing Centre.

On the square in front of the baths, it's possible to taste the steaming mineral water (46°C/115°F) from public taps. In fact, a lot of people come to fill their bottles or containers with this water, rich in minerals.

Address: the centre
Directions: behind Banya Bashi Mosque

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2006
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