The bustling city of Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the most affordable and interesting capitals in all of Europe. Thanks to its rich and diverse history, there’s a wealth of architecture and themes that run strong through the center of the town. When you visit this urban escape, you will want to make sure that you see all there is to see!
From religious buildings to the utilitarian architecture of the soviet union, there’s a range of styles to take in here. You should be sure to take your camera along with you because you really don’t want to miss out on these glorious sights. Enjoy.
Getting around town
First of all, let’s talk a little about getting around the city. There’s something you should know — Uber does not exist. I won’t get into the legality behind it, but you won’t find an Uber car here. However, there are yellow cabs on every other street and so you should have no issue getting around the city center.
If you’re money conscious, there’s also a metro service which runs right through the middle of the city. For 1.60 leva (less than $1), you can have a one-way trip to pretty much anywhere in the city. The system is simple to use and, as I’ve mentioned, extremely cheap too.
National Palace of Culture
Now that you know how to get around, let’s talk about what you need to see along the way. One of your first ports of call will be the National Palace of Culture. The large, looming building sits in a central square and is really a piece of art. This was once the HQ of the city, in around the 1920s, but has now been converted into a venue.
Tourists can head inside the building for free (so long as there are no shows on at the time) and take a look around. The dazzling interior should be enough to make your jaw drop. Cascading light fixtures, golden interiors and a stunning statue are at the heart of the building.
Theatre of the People
In the center of one of the many parks here, you will find the lovely Theatre of the People. Complete with Grecian-style pillars and statues carved into the roof, this is a building that every tourist will adore. It’s also something of a hot spot for photography. As you pass the area, it’s well worth stopping to take a quick snap of it!
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Finally, let’s talk about one of the major things that every traveler comes to see in this city. The cathedral here is an impressive structure which will leave you in sheer awe. In pale emerald and beige, the building boasts a fantastically intense Neo-Byzantine style.
As you might imagine, you can enter the building free of charge (although there are some stalls selling things in the foyer!). Inside, you will be greeted by candles, religious symbols, and whimsical features. It’s well worth taking the time to explore this building.
What’s more, if you’re feeling brave, you can head into a side door and down some stone stairs. At the bottom there, you will find the crypt (which is just what it says on the tin). This attraction is both morbid and inviting! Check it out.