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The capital of Bulgaria is the second largest city on the Balkans after Bucharest, population 1,500,000 and growing. 15th largest in the EU.

Here is official statistics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_cities_of_the_European_Union_by_population_within_city_limits



Mass transit is well-developed and includes trams, buses, metro and trolleybuses.

The city suffers from horrible traffic jams that persist throughout the day and only easy at night.

Sofia is a green city - it has several huge parks that are perfect that are full with people all year round.

Unfortunately I will aslo show you the leftovers from communism. Like in Moscow, ugly towerblocks were built from the 1970s to 1990.

One block of flats is so tall and so wide it is known in the whole capital as the "Great Wall of China" :lol:

Tatra tram on the busy 9 line.





Typical bus



The Sofia metro uses the same rolling stock like the one in Moscow. It runs both underground and above ground in green tunnels.



The metro goes to the concrete ghettos built entirely of towerblocks.



Workers in the tunnel of the Sofia Metro



Because of traffic jams, trams often pile up and can remain blocked for ours.



Tram in my neighbourhood!



The metro stations are spick and span



Tram depo in Sofia, Bulgaria



Tram stop in the city centre







National Theatre at night



Metro is same is in Moscow



Concrete tower blocks - they are everywhere in Sofia



But new more modern buildings have sprung up in recent years.











Tower blocks in the Mladost suburb, one of the most densely packed in Sofia.



Aerial view













Vitosha mountain visible in the distance



Hilton hotel and lovers bridge

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In front of the Presidential palace





TV tower



Aerial view



Military parade in independence square



A park in Sofia



National palace of culture








Parliament building



Russian church in Sofia

 

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Sofia experiences intense lightning storms every summer.

 

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Sofia university - where I graduated from :)









National Library in Sofia



Statue of the godess Sofia








































































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rather good-looking photoes, Sofia is crammed with commieblocks, but I do not find them very hideous and appaling.

Thanks for sharing your city with us.:)

By the way, can you show us the top 5 highest buildings in Sofia?
 

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Wowwwww!
 

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Very nice photos of Sofia and one is from Varna-;)
Хубава работа, хубави снимки, но в София има още толкова прекрасни места, моля те Gorex не прави коментари за наследството ни от ,,соца...'', нали гледаме да избягаме във времето от този период. Да има панелки , руски вагони в метрото.....но какво от това, мисля, че се създава впечатление, че все още сме съветска република.
 

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^^

Sorry, I do not know Bulgarian, but I gather from the above-said that you associate old Russian metro carriages with communism and dislike them. Sure, they are not very pretty and modern, but they are not ugly as well and rather good in maintenance etc. Moscow still has many old carriages still in service and no one says that Moscow is ugly etc. :)
 
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