Sofia, my home town, was known in the old times under different names...Funny enough all starts with "S": Serdica, Sredetz, Sofia...
Nowadays the capital of Bulgaria has some 1,3 million inhabitants. Today I will take you on a stroll through Sofia. First we pass in front one of the most beautiful building of the city: the National Theater. Then we will admire the Russian church, a real piece of art and colours.
Afterwards we will pass in front of the big department store ZUM and see the Sainte Sofia-sculpture.
The cathedral Alexander Nevsky is without any doubt THE symbol of Sofia. It was built as a expression of the Bulgarian gratitude to the Russian king Alexander (and all Russian soldiers) who had helped liberating my country from the Ottoman rule (1887-1888). The basilica has 12 bells with total weight of 23 tons.
Above: a detail of an outside wall of the cathedral.