Enjoy a walking tour of this fantastic city. Learn of the history, heritage and culture of the region as you discover special places.
Imagine that we’re standing now at the highest point of Sofia, at 550 meters above the sea level. At the same time, it’s the highest checkmark of the town’s history, near the Christian Orthodox Temple, which gave its name to the city of Sofia.
This place was beyond the fortress walls of the former Roman city of Sardica, by the name of its first inhabitants, the Thracian tribe of Serdi. The site was a part of a large roman theater in the 2nd century and that’s where the story of this emblematic church begins. On the place where the first martyrs for Christianity were tortured and perished, a small cemetery church appeared somewhere between the 2nd and the 3rd century to carry the light of the Holy Wisdom through the centuries. There are a lot of churches named after the Dinine Wisdom, Sofia, in Greek, but probably only one city in the world and it is Bulgaria’s capital that took the name of its main temple, the name of God’s wisdom.
In the course of the walking tour, there is a possibility to visit the National Art Gallery, established in the building of the former tsar palace. We could also visit the National Archeological Museum, partly established in the building of a former mosque built during the times of the Ottoman, conqueror of Constantinople Mehmed ІІ.
The center of one of the oldest European cities never changed its place during the last 20 centuries. That’s why the walk tour of Sofia center would lead you through the centuries of remarkable history of Europe, Byzantium and Bulgaria. It will show you the monuments of so much different epochs in one and the same place.