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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #21
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The National Museum of Archaeology, located at a former Ottoman mosque built in 1474. Bulgaria is the 3rd richest country in Europe in archaeological sites, after Greece and Italy, so plenty of interesting stuff to check out.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #22
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Another photo of the Boyana Church.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #23
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An administrative building in downtown, build in typical Socialist Classicism probably in the 50's when Sofia undertook a grant makeover Soviet style.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #24
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The Central Post Office.

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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #25
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One of my favorite buildings in the whole of Sofia. I think it used to be a hotel called Imperial.

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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:16 AM   #26
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Lovely photos! Thanks, Gogo
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Old April 30th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #27
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Great stuff, Gogo!

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An administrative building in downtown, build in typical Socialist Classicism probably in the 50's when Sofia undertook a grant makeover Soviet style.

This is the Ministry of Defence, former Ministry of War. It was built way before the Soviet army marched into Bulgaria and has nothing to do with Soviet architecture.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #28
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I kinda had a feel that wasn't Soviet Architecture AT ALL.... I mean.. it's not an ugly building...
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Old April 30th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #29
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Sorry, my bad. The original building was constructed in 1885, but it was revised (probably it was damaged after the bombing?) in 1945 by the famous Bulgarian architects Vasilyov and Tsolov, who worked on many of Sofia's landmarks from the 20's to the early 50's. To me, the building does have a Stalinist classicism feel to it, similar to the National Library and the Largo.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #30
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I'm really positively surprised! I like that modernistic areas from 30's. Nicely painted. This is how looks like now the threshold of EU and I like it
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Old April 30th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #31
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Here's another recently renovated building from the early 20th century. Originally a military armory - now Sofia's Museum of Modern Art.





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Old April 30th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #32
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The Parliament on the left and the Academy of Science on the right.

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What a nice revelation!!
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Old May 1st, 2012, 09:37 PM   #34
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The St. George Rotunda - the oldest still operational church in Europe. It dates back to the early 4th century AD.

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 04:38 PM   #35
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Lake Pancharevo, near Sofia with Vitosha Mountain (2290 m) in the background.

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 05:44 PM   #36
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Nice set of pictures. Both the modern as the old Sofia look gorgeous!
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The National Museum of Archaeology, located at a former Ottoman mosque built in 1474. Bulgaria is the 3rd richest country in Europe in archaeological sites, after Greece and Italy, so plenty of interesting stuff to check out.
I really didn't know that. But I'll keep it in mind when booking a future trip!
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 06:10 PM   #37
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The former Party House, build in the 50's, is the finest example of Socialist Classicism in Sofia. Together with the President Office on it's left and the Council of Ministers on it's right, it forms the administrative center of Bulgaria, known as the Largo.






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Old May 2nd, 2012, 06:24 PM   #38
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I love those buildings in the last bunch of photos
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 01:45 PM   #39
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Old meets new...

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