"A tour around Sofia" Sofia Travelogue by travelthrough
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Alexander Nevski Cathedral is the most important attraction in Sofia. A gigantic cathedral with stunning frescoes and wall paintings, it is a place of meditation and spiritual atmosphere, built at the onset of the 20th century.
A much older building than the Cathedral is the Ottoman Mosque, the last one still used as a mosque in town. It was built near the old archeological ruins of the city and right opposite the beautiful Oriental Baths.
Along the Csar´s Boulevard, Sofia´s most beautiful avenue with most fin-de-siècle palais and palaces around, the Csar´s Palace is located. Built at the end of the 19th century of Csar Ferdinand I., the buildings is now pretty empty inside and used for art exhibitions. The park around has many nice trees as well as a café (however, only for smokers!!) in a nice glass pavillion.
One of the most beautiful buildings is the National Theater, where many performances take place. It is located in the most lively parks of Sofia.
The Government Area, with the parliament, the Presidential Palace, the Senate, the National Bank and many other important buildings is situated around the monument of Peter II.
When you walk along Vitosha Avenue, Sofia´s most famous shopping street with many cafes and boutiques, you will reach a huge park with many fountains and the infamous "Kulturpalast" at the end. It was conceived during Bulgaria´s Soviet Era for cultural spectactles and has still retained this function. Many concerts or shows are now performed inside the building.
Bulgarians, especially those living in Sofia, love relaxation in nature. This is what Mount Vitosha offers. You can visit the famous and very touristic place of Boyana, or the more reclusive monastery of Dragolevtsa and visit the church. It takes about 30 minutes through enchanting forests and along springs to reach it from the village of Dragolevtsa.
In many districts and areas, especially in the suburbs and apartment blocks, Sofia has remained a poor post-Soviet city. This picture was taken around the metro stop Obelya, with lazy dogs hanging around in the streets.
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