Day 14: A day in Sofia

Sofia Travel Blog

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Aleksander Nevski cathedral
Like Chişinău Sofia doesn't has all that much to offer for the casual visitor. Unlike Chişinău the city isn't all that pleasant to wander around though. More than half a day is not necessary to see Sofia.
That said, the city's Orthodox cathedral is the largest in the Balkan region, and it is by far the most impressive church I have seen since leaving Kyiv.

Another interesting sight was the St George Rotunda, the oldest surviving building in the city which stems from the first half of the 4th century. This still working church is tucked in between the grey concrete buildings of the Sheraton hotel and the Presidency. Inside the frescoes are faded, and there isn't all that much left of the outside either, but still this is quite an impressive site. The church is from the same era as the St Simeon Basilica I visited in Syria, and that one is in ruins. So the fact that this church has survived Ottoman and Soviet rule as well as WWII is quite a miracle.

I wandered around for a couple of hours, but the due to the lack of atmosphere this city didn't really grab me. So after a nice coffee and cake at a branch of Costa Cafe (just why don't we get this in Holland?) I went back to the bus station and spent the last hour before my departure working on my blog. 
pms70 says:
Costa Cafe: maybe a job opportunity when you come back? ;-)
Posted on: Sep 15, 2010
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Aleksander Nevski cathedral
Aleksander Nevski cathedral
St Nedelya Church
St Nedelya Church
St George Rotunda
St George Rotunda
Sofias very own yellow brick road
Sofia's very own yellow brick road
interesting artwork in the city pa…
interesting artwork in the city p…
Aleksander Nevski cathedral
Aleksander Nevski cathedral
Aleksander Nevski cathedral
Aleksander Nevski cathedral
National Theatre
National Theatre
the streets of Sofia
the streets of Sofia
in front of the cathedral
in front of the cathedral
Sofia
photo by: Luci26