EXPERIENCE THE RICH CULTURE OF THE BALKANS DURING YOUR STAY AT MAISON SOFIA HOTEL, BULGARIA

NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE – 3 KM
BUILT FOR THE 1300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNTRY’S FOUNDING, BULGARIA’S NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE BALKANS. IT IS THE LARGEST MULTIFUNCTIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE.

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BULGARIA AND THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE – 4.6 KM
FOR SOME OF THE FINEST 19TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE IN SOFIA, VISIT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BULGARIA, THE LEGISLATIVE SEAT FOR THE COUNTRY. THEN FOLLOW THE CROWDS OVER TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE TO WITNESS THE IMPRESSIVE CHANGING-OF-THE-GUARD CEREMONY EACH HOUR.

SOFIA NATIONAL OPERA – 4.6 KM IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST EXPERIENCED OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE. IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1890 AND CONTINUES TO SHOWCASE THE BEST OF BULGARIA’S CLASSICAL DANCE PERFORMANCES TO ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCES. AS WELL AS NATIONAL STARS, THE OPERA HAS ATTRACTED SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS STARS OVER THE YEARS.

IVAN VAZOV THEATER IT IS A CULTURAL INSTITUTION, NOT ONLY FOR THE CAPITAL CITY BUT THE WHOLE NATION. THE THEATRE WAS COMMISSIONED IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY AND IS THE OLDEST AND MOST IMPRESSIVE IN THE COUNTRY.

THE FACADE
THE BEAUTIFUL FACADE OF THE THEATRE IS AN ATTRACTION IN ITS OWN RIGHT. LIKE MANY OTHERS, YOU’LL BE KEEN TO GET A SNAPSHOT OF THE CONTRASTING WHITE COLUMNS AND DETAILS AGAINST THE RED BACKGROUND. THE HIGHLIGHT IS THE GOLD-PLATED ORNATE DETAILS ON THE APEX OF THE ROOF. IN THE FOREGROUND, YOU WILL FIND A LOVELY FOUNTAIN WITH A DANCING BALLERINA AND CITY GARDEN, A POPULAR PLACE FOR RELAXING, ENJOYING SOME SHADE IN THE TREES OR SIPPING A WARMING CUP OF COFFEE.

THE INTERIOR
INSIDE, THE THEATRE OFFERS PERFORMANCES ON THREE STAGES. THE MAIN STAGE SEATS 780 GUESTS, WHILE THE CHAMBER HALL SEATS 135 AND THE SMALLER STAGE OFFERS INTIMATE PERFORMANCES FOR AROUND 80 PEOPLE. THE MAIL HALL IS TRADITIONAL WITH MORE GOLD-PLATED ORNATE DECORATION AROUND THE BALCONIES. THE TROUPE THAT PERFORMS AT THIS MAGNIFICENT CONCERT VENUE IS CAREFULLY SELECTED FROM BULGARIA’S BEST ACTORS, SINGERS AND DANCERS ENSURING HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCES.

NATIONAL ART GALLERY – 5 KM
THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY IS AN IMPRESSIVE MUSEUM OF THE BULGARIAN FINE ARTS. IT IS HOUSED IN THE FORMER ROYAL PALACE, CONSIDERED A CULTURAL MONUMENT. THE GALLERY IS ALSO HOME TO THE NATIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM, WHICH SHOWCASES THE LONG HISTORY OF BULGARIA.

NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – 9 KM
SEE THE GOLD TREASURES OF THE ANCIENT THRACIANS OR THE RICHES OF MEDIEVAL TSARS AT BULGARIA’S NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE BALKANS.

ST. ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL
BUILT AS A MEMORIAL TO THE 200,000 SOLDIERS WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE RUSSIO-TURKISH WAR IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY, THE ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL IS A WONDERFUL PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE. IT WAS BUILT IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND IS RENOWNED FOR ITS GOLD-DOMES, THE LARGEST OF WHICH IS THE CENTERPIECE, REACHING 45M HIGH. AS YOU ENTER, YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL FROM THE FLOORS TO THE CEILING. FROM GOLD-PLATED PANELS, PAINTINGS, MOSAICS, CHANDELIERS AND MARBLE, THERE IS SOMETHING WORTH NOTICING WITH EVERY STEP YOU TAKE. IN THE CRYPT, YOU WILL FIND AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF ORTHODOX ART.

BOYANA CHURCH
SOFIA’S QUAINT LITTLE BOYANA CHURCH IS LISTED AS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE FOR GOOD REASON. THE CHURCH WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN THE 10TH CENTURY SO ITS PLACE IN THE BULGARIAN HISTORY BOOKS IS IMPORTANT. IT WAS EXPANDED IN THE 13TH CENTURY AND ITS FRESCOES, PAINTED IN 1259, ARE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST SIGNIFICANT COLLECTIONS OF MEDIEVAL PAINTINGS THAT EXIST TODAY. VISIT THIS WELL-PRESERVED AND HISTORICAL EXAMPLE OF A BULGARIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND UNCOVER ITS STORY.

ST. SOFIA CHURCH
ST. SOFIA CHURCH IS BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF THE CITY’S OLDEST, DATING BACK TO THE 6TH CENTURY. FOR THIS REASON, IT IS A VITAL ICON LOCALLY AND THIS RELIGIOUS PLACE OF WORSHIP IS WHERE SOFIA GOT ITS NAME FROM. THE HIGHLIGHT FOR MANY IS THE MUSEUM IN THE CRYPT, WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF THIS BUILDING AND ITS HISTORY.

IF YOU ARE A FAN OF ARCHITECTURE, BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS, AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY OR ARE JUST LOOKING TO ADMIRE SOFIA’S ICONS THEN MAKE SURE YOU FACTOR IN SOME TIME TO EXPLORE THE CITY’S CHURCHES. THE STAFF AT MAISON SOFIA WILL HAPPILY GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR THE RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS AND ATTRACTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCOVER ACROSS THE CITY.

DISCOVERING NATURE
VITOSHA MOUNTAIN IS JUST A STONE’S THROW FROM THE CITY CENTRE AND THE PERFECT VENUE TO SHOWCASE BULGARIA’S NATIVE FAUNA. PERHAPS YOU WILL SEE BROWN BEARS OR THE PROTECTED BALKAN WILD GOAT, AS WELL AS OVER 200 SPECIES OF BIRDS, AS YOU STROLL THROUGH THE PARK. NATIVE FLORA INCLUDES THE VITOSHA TULIPS, WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON THE PLATEAU AREAS, AND MANY ORCHID SPECIES ON LOWER GROUND. THE NATURAL HABITAT HERE WAS DEFINED AS A PROTECTED BIOSPHERE BY UNESCO. TO FIND OUT MORE, TAKE A TRIP TO THE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE BEFORE VENTURING INTO THE PARK.

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