The city, where I live
HI, everybody! Today I invite you to take a walk around the city, where I live now. Sofia is the capital and the largest city of Bulgaria. Its population is about 2 million people. It is located at the foot of extinct volcano Vitosha. Here were founded the structures, dated the 4th century BC. The present motto of Sofia is «Ever growing, never old! »
Yesterday I decided to pretend a tourist! I took my photo camera and went sightseeing. I'd say it was quite unusual pastime, taking into account, that I've viewed local attractions several times. Unexpectedly, I liked it very much! Now you have an opportunity to get an idea of Sofia without leaving your place. Take a comfortable position and enjoy!
First of all take a look at the map. There are a lot of tourist attractions, but I'm going to show you the most remarkable. You can see the red line, which marked the bus rout. And following the arrow sign, we begin our tour on the square, where Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is situated.
The Cathedral is dedicated to Russian Saint, Prince Alexander Nevsky. It was built between 1904 and 1912 in honor to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the second biggest orthodox cathedral in the Balcan States. It accommodates about five thousand persons.
At the right side of the Cathedral you can see long building on the corner of the street. It's the Sofia University of St. Kliment Ohridski.
The University is often regarded as the most prestigious university of Bulgaria, founded in 1888. It has 16 faculties and three departments, where 14,000 students receive their education annually.
Yesterday it was very hot day and I was extremely happy, when I'd happened on a salutary yogurt bar. There you can choose any fresh frozen barriers and cut fruits you like and then they are mixed with yogurt or without it. I chose the one with raspberries and strawberries! It was cool pleasure! Very delicious!
To the next destination my way passed through one of many green oasis of Sofia, where I found this stone car. It's so amusing, isn't it?
At the left side of the Cathedral, down on Tzar Osvoboditel boulevard you will find Russian Orthodox Church, officially known as Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Make.
The Church was built after the liberation of Bulgaria by Russia from the Ottoman Empire 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.
On the other side of the street I found the egg of the happiness. On the plate was written «Touch that egg and make a wish!». Guess, what I did within the next few minutes!
I continued to walk down on the street to The former royal palace at Battenberg Square. Now it's called the National Art Gallery. I'm fond of details and I couldn't resist taking a picture of these pretty notes on the roof of the building.
Finally here we are, in the heart of the city! It is marked with the monument of Sofia.
These next building are the most important in Bulgaria, because here the President and the Government sit.
Holy Sunday Church is my favorite one in Sofia, my place of meditation. When I'm in, I feel that I can communicate with my family as if I am next to them.
We won't follow the red line anymore and turn to Vitosha boulevard, the pedestrian street of Sofia, which is in the middle of the map.
We make our way to the main place which used by locals and tourists to relax and take a gulp of fresh air during a day. It's the neighborhood of the National Place of Culture, the central concert and event hall.
Yang people choose this place for riding skateboard and cycling. As for me, I like reading on the grass, sitting in the shade. Moreover here you can taste the best pizza and ice cream in the city!
It was late afternoon, when I decided to have a dinner at last. My way to the restaurant ran across Sloveykov Square, where the Book market is located. I'm its frequent customer. Here you can find classical and modern best sellers in different languages and various educational books as well.
And I couldn't pass by this lovely shop with wooden figures and toys.
The end of my walk was jammy!
That's all for now! I hope, I could show you around Sofia and our photo tour was enjoyable. .