Things to do in Sofia
Sightseeing in Sofia is an exaggeration of the old and new, as
the ancient culture of the Thracians, Byzantines, Romans, Slavs
meet with the mad rush to modernisation that occurred when the Iron
Curtain fell. Thus you''ll see a mixture of buildings that will
delight any architecture lover, including the multi-domed Byzantine
Alexandar Nevski Memorial Church, the medieval art of the Boyana
Church (a UNESCO world heritage site), and the Kremlin-like Russian
Church of St. Nicholas.
Like any capital city, Sofia''s attractions include a wealth of
museums and galleries, including the National Historical Museum,
the mineralogical-focused Museum of Earth and Men, the Bulgarian
National Gallery of Arts, the Ethnographical Museum, and the Sofia
City Art Gallery.
There are plenty of other things to see and do in Sofia as well,
including visiting the Sofia Zoological Garden, which houses over a
thousand animals; the Sofia City Garden with its cafes, playgrounds
and fountains; and the famous Turkish Mineral Baths.
Many interesting buildings and sights in Sofia have signs with a
phone number on them. If you call this number you can listen to a
three-minute recording telling you about the attraction. You can
also browse Zhenski Pazar or ''women''s market'', which is open to
both men and women and offers fresh food, flowers and basic goods.
Though there aren''t many souvenirs there, it''s worth the trip for
the bustling atmosphere. Another busy market is the Tsentralni Hali
(Central Food Halls), which are housed in an ancient Roman
marketplace with archaeological finds on display along with the
fresh food, coffee, wine and other treats.
Sofia is a relatively safe city in which to sightsee. Violent
crime is rare, but pick pocketing is common in the city centre, as
with all large metropolises.