Sofia

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Hotel Sofia. (Today the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia.)

I had not associated Sofia with the Romans. But I learned that the Roman city of Serdica formed the origins of Sofia. The Church of St. George, built in the 4th Century as a Roman basilica, is a vivd reminder of the Roman origins of Sofia. It's been a Roman public buidling, a Christian church, a mosque during the Ottman period, and an active church into the present day. Other Roman ruins of Serdica were scattered about in the courtyard.

A monument that did not last nearly as long was the Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum. This was the resting place of Georgi Dimitrov (1882-1949), the first Communist leader of Bulgaria. An honor guard in dress uniform was stationed at the mausoleum when we saw it. (It was demolished in 1999 and Dimitov interred elsewhere.)

One thing about Sofia was that all of the main sights downtown, including the ornate Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, were in a realtively small area near the hotel. So, for the afternoon, we headed to the Vitosha moutains surrounding the city. A unique geological feature found in Vitosha is the stone river or, properly, a stone run. Stone runs are accumulations of boulders with no granular material between them They appear as though they could tumble, but are fixed in place by the process of their formation.

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Hotel Sofia. (Today the Radisson B…
Hotel Sofia. (Today the Radisson …
View from Hotel Sofia of the Natio…
View from Hotel Sofia of the Nati…
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
St. Nedelya Church
St. Nedelya Church
Banya Bashi Mosque.
Banya Bashi Mosque.
Bulgarian Communist Party Headqaur…
Bulgarian Communist Party Headqau…
Roman Rotunda from the 4th century…
Roman Rotunda from the 4th centur…
Museum of Arcahaeology.
Museum of Arcahaeology.
Honor guard at Georgi Dimitrov Mau…
Honor guard at Georgi Dimitrov Ma…
Honor guard at Georgi Dimitrov Mau…
Honor guard at Georgi Dimitrov Ma…
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-…
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle…
Saint Sofia Church.
Saint Sofia Church.
Monument to the Soviet Army.
Monument to the Soviet Army.
View from Vitosha Mountain.
View from Vitosha Mountain.
Wildflowers on Vitosha Mountain.
Wildflowers on Vitosha Mountain.
Vitosha stone river (Stone run).
Vitosha stone river (Stone run).
Sofia
photo by: EmEm