They really love lions in Bulgaria. Three lions decorate their current coat of arms and lions were used to decorate the coats of arms of Bulgaria at least since 1295. Around Sofia you will found several statues of the king of the jungle decorating the city in their own majestic way. But don't be alerted. […]
Sofia means 'wisdom' in Greek and the Greek word is pronounced with a stress on the 'i'. Many visitors and tourists usually pronounce Sofia with the Greek pronunciation which is also common for the female name Sofia or Sophia. However the name of the city Sofia in Bulgaria is pronounced with a stress on the […]
Sofia in antiquity was a Thracian settlement called Serdica. This name was possibly originated from a Thracian tribe named Serdi. Romans gave to the city the composite name Ulpia Serdica after the Emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus. Ulpia comes from the Latin word lupus and means wolf. The Byzantines were referring to the city as Serdonpolis […]
The oldest building in Sofia is considered to be this red brick rotunda that host the church of St George. It has been built by the Romans in the 4th century and now is a fully functional orthodox christian church very popular for weddings
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 […]
Around 14th century the city previously known as Serdica took its new name from Saint Sofia, the bell-less church. Sofia (or better sophia) is the Greek word for wisdom and the church named after the Holy Spirit (or God's wisdom) similar to Constantinople's Hagia Sophia
At the beginning of Vitoshka street, you can't avoid noticing a monumental building that hosts Sofia's court houses. The Palace of Justice is decorated with two giant lions at the entrance.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Sofia is the Ivan Vazov National Theater. Located in the city garden of Sofia, is an excellent place for travelers to rest and enjoy the great view. Don't forget to have your camera with you
The first tram in Sofia started operating in 1901. Today most parts of the city are covered by an extensive tram network with 150 kilometers tracks and more than 160 stops. Sofia tram is a great way to discover the city
Sofia has 48 mineral springs flowing from underground with warm water from 30 up to 90 Celsius. Every second these springs are providing 500 liters of water safe to drink. At city center's mineral springs, many people bring their empty bottles and fill them up to used them at home.