Sofia, Bulgaria

December 19, 2017

The statue of Sveta Sofia built in 2000 and replaced the statue of Lenin in the city center of Sofia. There were many controversial opinions among the locals about this statue. For many, the erotic appearance of the statue doesn't look appropriate to a Christian Saint. Others support that it is very likely the sculptor was aiming to show the attractiveness of wisdom (sophia in Greek) and that would justify the erotic appearance. What do you think?


Photo taken at Sofia, Bulgaria





67 comments

  1. Comment by ivanasataric

    ivanasataric Reply December 19, 2017 at 10:10

    Heh, I guess women never had it easy throughout history, and nowdays, not even as a statue But, since it was made by Bulgarian artist, seems that he was aiming to show the beauty that comes with wisdom

  2. Comment by ivanasataric

    ivanasataric Reply December 19, 2017 at 10:11

    Oh, and – nice shot

  3. Comment by imonlyhappywhenitravel

    imonlyhappywhenitravel Reply December 19, 2017 at 12:15

    Erotic? I thought it was beautiful, you had great light besides

  4. Comment by rachellehay

    rachellehay Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:05

    Interesting to learn more about what the statue might represent!

  5. Comment by sxnflxwer_

    sxnflxwer_ Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:06

    This is interesting indeed

  6. Comment by two.travelers

    two.travelers Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:06

    Beautiful shot dear love this one !

  7. Comment by travel_ling

    travel_ling Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:07

    That’s an interesting story and bold choice! I like the meaning behind it – smart is sexy after all!

  8. Comment by valeriolife

    valeriolife Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:08

    I wanna see Bulgaria now

  9. Comment by janetnewenham

    janetnewenham Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:09

    Wow what an interesting statue

  10. Comment by simon.owen.rogers

    simon.owen.rogers Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:18

    Love this status! Such a good photo

  11. Comment by jenniferscamera

    jenniferscamera Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:18

    Oh great statue and sky thanks for sharing

  12. Comment by eternalarrival

    eternalarrival Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:19

    I love this statue! Sofia is one of my favorites

  13. Comment by travelonthebrain

    travelonthebrain Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:22

    Wasn’t the problem that the artist modelled the statute on the Greek goddess of wisdom rather than the Saint whose name was used.

  14. Comment by drifterplanet

    drifterplanet Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:24

    Love this statue but I can totally understand that it stirred up a controversy!

  15. Comment by ananewyork

    ananewyork Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:25

    What a beautiful statue and edit!

  16. Comment by ianellis5

    ianellis5 Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:25

    dude these Sofia pics are really making me want to go.

  17. Comment by the.edventures

    the.edventures Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:25

    Great shot bringing out the statue

  18. Comment by girlunspotted

    girlunspotted Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:33

    She’s looking mighty tough here!

  19. Comment by anitahendrieka

    anitahendrieka Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:40

    Sofia has such beautiful statues don’t you think?!

  20. Comment by steviewonderscapes

    steviewonderscapes Reply December 19, 2017 at 13:45

    It doesn’t seem like depicting Wisdom to me

  21. Comment by traviewler

    traviewler Reply December 19, 2017 at 14:40

    @travelonthebrain the Greek goddess of wisdom is the Athena. I don’t think that resamples Athena this statue. Amd I’m not so sure that this is related with Saint Sofia (or Sofia the martyr) too. That’s why the claims about sophia (wisdom) sound more valid to me

  22. Comment by traviewler

    traviewler Reply December 19, 2017 at 14:40

    @ianellis5 I’m waiting for your pictures from there then

  23. Comment by traviewler

    traviewler Reply December 19, 2017 at 14:41

    @anitahendrieka yes. My favorite statues are the lions. Probably in the next picture

  24. Comment by traviewler

    traviewler Reply December 19, 2017 at 14:43

    @stefanos.politis.photography well, it doesn’t seem to depict a Christian martyr too so let’s stick with the wisdom

  25. Comment by alex_karakasheva

    alex_karakasheva Reply December 19, 2017 at 14:44

    I think that the statue is very beautiful and totally fits the image of Sofia as a modern city and capital.

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