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The mosque Banya Bashi

The mosque Banya Bashi

The mosque Banya Bashi is situated in the center of Sofia, on Maria Luisa boulevard. It was built by the initiative and with the financial support of Mullah Effendi Kada Seyfullah and is also known as Mollah Effendi Mosque. It was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who also built the mosque of […]

The Synagogue in Sofia

The Synagogue in Sofia

The Sofia Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Southeastern Europe, one of two functioning in Bulgaria and the third-largest in Europe. Constructed for the needs of the Bulgarian capital Sofia’s mainly Sephardic Jewish community after a project by the Austrian architect Friedrich Grünanger, it resembles the old Moorish Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna and was officially […]

Women Market

Women Market

The Women’s market is one of the main markets in Sofia. It is located in the center near the Lion’s Bridge. The old name of the market is “George Kirkov” and other former names were “Wheat Market” and “Horse Market.” It exists even before the liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878. Photos

The house of Ilka Popova

The house of Ilka Popova

Ilka Stefanova Popova is a Bulgarian opera singer, mezzo-soprano. She was born in 1905 in Sofia in the family publicist Stephen Mavrodiev. In 1913 she started singing in a children’s amateur choir, and from 1921 studied opera singing with Ivan Vulpe at the State Conservatory. The following year, only seventeen, she debuted at the Sofia […]

St Ivan Rilski Church

St Ivan Rilski Church

Saint Ivan of Rila (876 – c. 946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. He was revered as a saint while he was still alive. The legend surrounding him tells of wild animals that freely came up to him and birds that landed in his hands. His followers founded many churches in his honor, including the […]

Lions’ Bridge, Sofia

Lions’ Bridge, Sofia

The bridge was built in 1889 from stone at the place of an older bridge called Sharen Most (Шарен мост, “Motley Bridge”) because it was decorated with red and yellow stripes. The name of Lions’ Bridge comes from the four bronze sculptures of lions, its most recognizable feature. All metal elements of the bridge were […]

The House of Stefan Dichev

The House of Stefan Dichev

Born and raised in Veliko Tarnovo, in 1938, the writer Stefan Dichev graduated from high school in his hometown, and then studied civil engineering in the Czech Republic (then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia). He graduated in law from Sofia University in 1943, where his affinity for political-science was provoked, but after the 9th of […]

The monument of the First Balkan War Victims

The monument of the First Balkan War Victims

The First Balkan War, which lasted from October 1912 to May 1913, pitted the Balkan League (Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria) against the Ottoman Empire. The combined armies of the Balkan states overcame the numerically inferior and strategically disadvantaged Ottoman armies and achieved rapid success. As a result of the war, almost all remaining European […]

Hristo Botev Monument

Hristo Botev Monument

Hristo Botev  (6 January 1848 – 1 June 1876), born Hristo Botyov Petkov, in Kalofer, was a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary. Botev is widely considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic historical figure and national hero. In 1885 a commemoration committee was founded on the date of Botev’s death 1 June. He saw the […]

Temple St. Konstantin and Elena

Temple St. Konstantin and Elena

The idea of building a temple dated 1999. After the formalities and elaboration of the project were completed, in August 2003 the beginning of construction of the temple was launched. Construction is done with the blessing of the Sofia Holy Bishopric and personal support of His Eminence Nikolay (then vicar bishop of Sofia Holy Bishopric). […]