Six places not to miss in Sofia
If you’re planning on visiting Sofia around the time of the MFC-EMN Annual Conference,
don’t miss out on the city’s best sights.
1. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Completed in 1912, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral Stauropigial Memorial-Church is an impressive landmark in Sofia. The church was built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish Liberation War (1877-1878).
Address: pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 988 1704
2. Vitosha Mountain Hiking
Are you fascinated by mountains and would like to experience them even when on the go? Well, in Sofia you have that opportunity. Vitosha Mountain is only 30 minutes from the city by car and it offers great hiking trails for different levels of experience. Because of its proximity, it allows visitors of the capital to squeeze some adventure in between their appointments. Convenient bus lines and rope ways render the mountain easily accessible. Vitosha has the outlines of an enormous dome. The territory of the mountain includes Vitosha Nature Park, which is the oldest nature park in the Balkans. Cherni Vrah is the highest point of the mountain at 2290 m and is one of 11 peaks of Vitosha over 2000 m in height.
3. Saint Nikolas Russian Church (Tsurkua Sveta Nikolai)
A Russian Orthodox church in central Sofia, situated on Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard. Officially known as the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, this church was built on the site of the Saray Mosque, which was destroyed in 1882, after the liberation of Bulgaria by Russia from the Ottoman Empire. It was built as the official church of the Russian Embassy, which was located next door, and of the Russian community in Sofia, and was named, as was the tradition for diplomatic churches, for the patron saint of the Emperor who ruled Russia at the time, Nicholas II of Russia.
Address: 3 Tsar Osvobotiel Boulevard", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 986 2715
4. The Rotunda Church of St George
Being one of the oldest buildings in Sofia, you cannot not visit the Church of St George (or Ротонда „Свети Георги“ – Rotonda ‘Sveti Georgi’ in Bulgarian). Besides the excellent architectural preservation, the Early Christian church is particularly well-known for the magnificent frescoes inside the central dome. Initially built during the 4th century, on what is believed to have been the site of a pagan temple, the history of the church reflects the changing politics of the Balkan peninsular.
Address: bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 980 9216
5. Amphitheatre of Serdica
Discovered in 2004 and the subject of excavations in 2005 and 2006, the ruins of the amphitheatre lie on two adjacent sites in the centre of modern Sofia. The Amphitheatre of Serdica was built on top of an earlier Roman theatre, which was constructed in the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Its ruins were discovered 5 metres (16 ft) under the amphitheatre ruins. In the modern cityscape of Sofia, the ruins lie south of Knyaz Aleksandar Dondukov Boulevard, between the Goethe-Institut headquarters and the embassy of the United Kingdom.
Address: Budapeshta Street 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 810 7901
6. National Palace of Culture Congress Centre
The National Palace of Culture - Congress Centre Sofia (NDK) is the largest multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria's 1300th anniversary. In July 2005, the National Palace of Culture was proclaimed the best congress centre in the world for the year by the International Organization of Congress Centres.
The conference centre is equipped to host a variety of events, including concerts, multilingual conferences, exhibitions, and shows. It has an area of 123,000 square meters on eight floors and three underground levels. The National Palace of Culture has 13 halls and 15,000 square meters of exhibition area, a trade centre and a car park. The main hall can seat over 3,000 people.
Address: National Culture Palace, Bulevard "Bulgaria", 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 29166300 / +359 29266400