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near Sofia, София-град (България)

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Sofia is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria. It is located in the heart of the Balkans.

It is one of the oldest capitals in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the eighth century BC. C., when the Thracians established a settlement in the area. Sofia has had several names in different periods of its existence, but finally adopted the name of Sofia, thanks to the Church of Hagia Sofia, one of the oldest in the city, in national tribute to the Holy Martyrs of Sofia.

The Bulgarian capital is crossed by several rivers, the main being the Vladayska.

The architecture of Sofia is an example of the millenary history of the city, with buildings of Ottoman style, Russian Orthodox, or its socialist period. The city is an important religious center, since Sofia is the seat of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and has the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the Orthodox world.

The ethnic composition in the area of ​​Sofia is quite homogeneous, the most notable minorities are the Turkish and the Roma or Roma (gypsy). The predominant religion is Orthodox Christianity, practicing Islam the Turkish minority.

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- The National Assembly is the parliament of Bulgaria, in the square of the same name. The seat of the National Assembly was built in three stages from 1884 to 1928, the slogan "unity makes strength", carved figure on the main door.

- The Vitosha street or boulevard is considered to be the center of the city. It is the main commercial street of Sofia and therefore is one of the busiest places in the capital.

- The House of Baths or the Central Baths of Sofia were built in 1906 where there were some old Turkish baths. The interior includes covered swimming pools and several rooms for body treatments. The building is located in the center of the city, just in front of the Banya Bashi mosque and one step away from the blocks of administrative buildings in the center of the capital.

- With its unmistakable golden domes, the Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia is one of the most emblematic and identifying buildings of Sofia and is also the main religious center of the capital. The Cathedral is a sample of the close relationship between Russia and the Bulgarian people throughout history, since its construction was made to commemorate the fallen Russians and the help that Tsar Alexander II of Russia lent in the Bulgarian War Ottoman (1877 - 1878) and that would lead to Bulgaria's subsequent independence from the Ottoman Empire.

- The National Palace of Culture of Sofia, popularly known as NDK (Natsionalen dvorets na kulturata), is the largest congress center not only in Bulgaria but throughout the Balkan peninsula and even in 2005 it has been chosen that year as the best congress center in the world according to the International Organization of Congress Centers. The Palace is located in a large esplanade, a place frequented by the Sofiots and where they usually go for a walk.

- The Cathedral of Sveta Nedelya is located in the square of the same name in what constitutes the center of Sofia. The square is brimming with activity and the pedestrian area is always a swarm of people who go shopping or stroll carelessly around the place or the neighboring boulevard Vitosha.

- The church of San Nicolás was built in 1912 by Russian workers who emigrated to Bulgaria, it rose to be the church of the Russian community of Sofia. Today the Church of San Nicolás is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the capital. The temple is located in the center of the city, at the confluence of Benkovski Street with the busy Tzar Osvboditel Boulevard. With a style inspired by the Russian churches of the seventeenth century, the five outer domes covered in gold stand out. Its interior is decorated with paintings and icons.

- The church of St. George or "Sveti Georgi" was built by the Romans in the fourth century, in the ancient city of Serdica and built on the site where once was a pagan temple. Currently, it is not only the oldest church in the capital but also the oldest building in Sofia. After having been converted into a mosque during the Ottoman invasion that took place in the sixteenth century, the temple was reconditioned as an Orthodox Church after the expulsion of these from Bulgaria at the end of the 19th century.

- The church of Saint Sophia is the oldest in the Bulgarian capital, and the one that gives its name to the city. Built in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian, the church quickly became the most important cult center in the Sofia Valley. During the long period of Ottoman domination two minarets were placed and used as a mosque, until in the nineteenth century an earthquake toppled one of those towers and was abandoned as a center of Islamic worship. The church has a cross plan with three altars and rich ornamental frescoes with natural motifs. Next to the church is the tomb of the unknown soldier, and nearby is the tomb of the Bulgarian national poet Ivan Vazov.

- The Mosque of Banya Bashi is located in the center of Sofia, just opposite the Central Market of Sofia. The temple was built at the end of the 16th century during the period of Ottoman domination, which makes it one of the oldest mosques in Europe. The temple is famous for its large dome (15 meters in diameter) and for its minaret that can be seen from some nearby streets .. The mosque serves an Islamic community of about 10,000 faithful in Sofia and its interior can fit about 700 people .

- The National Opera House in Sofia is one of the nerve centers of Bulgarian cultural life. It is also one of the most impressive buildings in the capital of Bulgaria. Located on the corner of Rakovski and Doundukov, the Sofia Opera presents a beautiful colonnade crowned by a frieze with allegorical motifs for the liberation of Bulgaria

- Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia is one of the main cultural centers of the capital of Bulgaria. The name of the theater is a tribute to the Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright Iván Vazov, considered one of the best writers in the Bulgarian language.
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PUERTA DE LOS LEONES

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MERCADO DE LAS MUJERES

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CALLE PIROSFCA 'EL CORAZON DE LA CIUDAD'

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SINAGOGA

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MERCADO CUBUERTO

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BAÑOS CENTRALES DE SOFIA

The House of Baths or the Central Baths of Sofia were built in 1906 where there were some old Turkish baths. The interior includes covered swimming pools and several rooms for body treatments. The building is located in the center of the city, just in front of the Banya Bashi mosque and one step away from the blocks of administrative buildings in the center of the capital.
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RUINAS ROMANAS

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IGLESIA

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DESFILE MILITAR EN LA PLAZA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA

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IGLESIA DE SAN JORGE

The church of San Jorge or "Sveti Georgi" was built by the Romans in the 4th century, in the ancient city of Serdica and built on the site where a pagan temple once stood. Currently, it is not only the oldest church in the capital but also the oldest building in Sofia. After having been converted into a mosque during the Ottoman invasion that took place in the sixteenth century, the temple was reconditioned as an Orthodox Church after the expulsion of these from Bulgaria at the end of the 19th century.
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ANTIGUO EDIFICIO DEL PARTIDO COMUNISTA

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PALACIO NACIONAL

The National Palace of Culture of Sofia, popularly known as NDK (Natsionalen dvorets na kulturata), is the largest congress center not only in Bulgaria but throughout the Balkan peninsula and even in 2005 it has been chosen that year as the best congress center in the world according to the International Organization of Congress Centers. The Palace is located in a large esplanade, a place frequented by the Sofiots and where they usually go for a walk.
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CATEDRAL SYETA NEDELYA

The Cathedral of Sveta Nedelya is located in the square of the same name in what constitutes the center of Sofia. The square is brimming with activity and the pedestrian area is always a swarm of people who go shopping or stroll carelessly around the place or the neighboring boulevard Vitosha.
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SANTA SOFIA

The church of Saint Sophia is the oldest in the Bulgarian capital, and the one that gives its name to the city. Built in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian, the church quickly became the most important cult center in the Sofia Valley. During the long period of Ottoman domination two minarets were placed and used as a mosque, until in the nineteenth century an earthquake toppled one of those towers and was abandoned as a center of Islamic worship. The church has a cross plan with three altars and rich ornamental frescoes with natural motifs. Next to the church is the tomb of the unknown soldier, and nearby is the tomb of the Bulgarian national poet Ivan Vazov.
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CATEDRAL POR DENTRO

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SAN NICOLAS

The church of St. Nicholas was built in 1912 by Russian workers emigrated to Bulgaria, it rose to be the church of the Russian community of Sofia. Today the Church of San Nicolás is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the capital. The temple is located in the center of the city, at the confluence of Benkovski Street with the busy Tzar Osvboditel Boulevard. With a style inspired by the Russian churches of the seventeenth century, the five outer domes covered in gold stand out. Its interior is decorated with paintings and icons.
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TEATRO NACIONAL IVAN VAZOV

The Ivan Vazov National Theater in Sofia is one of the main cultural centers of the capital of Bulgaria. The name of the theater is a tribute to the Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright Iván Vazov, considered one of the best writers in the Bulgarian language.
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BULEVAR VITOSHA

The Vitosha street or boulevard is considered to be the center of the city. It is the main commercial street of Sofia and therefore is one of the busiest places in the capital.
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MEZQUITA BANYA BASHI

The Mosque of Banya Bashi is located in the center of Sofia, just opposite the Central Market of Sofia. The temple was built at the end of the 16th century during the period of Ottoman domination, which makes it one of the oldest mosques in Europe. The temple is famous for its large dome (15 meters in diameter) and for its minaret that can be seen from some nearby streets .. The mosque serves an Islamic community of about 10,000 faithful in Sofia and its interior can fit about 700 people .

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