Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria with a population of around 1.4 million. Sofia can trace its history back to the Thracians who established a settlement nearby in the 7th century BC. It became a Roman city and then part of the Byzantine Empire in the 5th century AD. It was part of the Ottoman Empire and was sacked several times during medieval times.
Today it is a modern, vibrant city which has a great deal to offer the visitor.Places to visit in Sofia
Parliament Square Sofia
National Historical Museum - collections from Bulgaria's history, opened in May 1973.
Bulgarian Natural History Museum - large number of exhibits from the Bulgarian area and around the world.
Museum of Earth and Men - is a mineralogical museum with a large collection from around the world.
National Archaeological Museum - is located in a former Ottoman mosque in the city which dates from the 15th century.
The Church of St George - is an early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia, dating from the 4th century.
The Bulgarian National Gallery of Arts - is located in the former royal palace of Bulgaria and exhibits a large collection of Bulgaria art.
The National Gallery for Foreign Art - is located in the former royal printing office which dates from 1884.
Sofia business district National Palace of Culture
The National Palace of Culture - is a large multifunctional congress, conference, convention and exhibition centre.
Sofia Zoo - Founded in 1888 it is Bulgaria's oldest and largest zoological garden. It has a collection of 1,113 animals representing 244 species.
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