What To Do In Sofia (Bulgaria) In Two Days 5 Things Not To Be Missed

What To Do In Sofia (Bulgaria) In Two Days 5 Things Not To Be Missed

I can not say I always wanted to go to Sofia. In fact, I must admit that until recently, if the name of the Bulgarian capital had asked me point blank, I would have had to think about it a bit. And I must also admit that what convinced me to go to Sofia was an offer that included flying from Milan plus two nights in a hotel for two at a really ridiculous price. In short, a proposal that I could not refuse.

Two nights and two whole days can suffice to get to know this city that until the end of the eighties was governed by a totalitarian government.

The socialist past can still be seen, even if we tried to forget it Thus, for example, on the square where the statue of Lenin once stood, now stands Sveta Sofia, the patron saint of the city. The past is also seen in the gray and rigorous buildings, or in the cars that we would have been scrapped at least thirty years ago.

Of course, two days more would allow you to reach the Rila Monastery and the city of Plovdiv, but for my first trip to Bulgaria were more than enough.

So what are the things you should not miss when you first arrive in Sofia
Cathedral of Aleksandr Nevksij

It’s the first thing I see as soon as I arrive, on the taxi from the airport to my hotel, very close to the cathedral. It is the second largest Orthodox church in the Balkans, but is probably in first place among the most representative buildings in Sofia. However, when we arrive there are still no rivers of people pouring out of the buses. So we can enjoy the beauty of the church, built as a sign of thanksgiving to Russia for freeing Bulgaria from the Turkish domination and named after Aleksandr Nevksij, Russian national hero. We devote some time inside, consisting of five naves between which darkness and silence reign.

Nothing to do with the cathedral square, where every day the flea market takes place like many things in Sofia, it’s Spartan and more than a real market it seems an impromptu grouping of vendors who have taken a lopsided picnic table and then throw them on objects found in their attics. Articles of costume jewelery, old army uniforms, embroidered tablecloths, reproductions of icons, weapons dating back to who knows what war and signs in Cyrillic.

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