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.
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.
In the heart of the Sofia city the square of Saint Nedelya is located. The meeting place for many locals, the square is at the beginning of the busy Vitoshka pedestrian street. The name of the square comes from the majestic church located there. Sveta Nedelya or Holy Sunday is an Orthodox Christian church which […]
Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia occupies an area more than 3.000 square meters and can hold more than 10.000 people inside which makes it one of the largest orthodox churches in the world. Its 12 bells of total weight of 23 tons, are rang by Maria Zabova, a 85+ years old woman that does this […]