It is third in size of all the synagogues in Europe, with only Amsterdam and Budapest being larger in size and was intended to symbolize the Jewish contribution to the burgeoning Sofia. King Ferdinand’s presence at the opening ceremony was a clear demonstration of how much the Jewish community – which made up one fifth of the capital’s population at the time – was valued by the regime. Read more
The Rotunda of St George /Rotonda Sveti Georgi/ is the oldest architectural value of Sofia, standing in the courtyard behind the Sheraton Hotel. It was built during the fourth century as a Roman temple which was almost completely destroyed by the invasions of the Huns but 200 years later rebuilt by emperor Justinian.
During the Ottoman rule the church was turned into mosque and the paintings were covered with Islāmic decoration. After their removal in 19th century by the restoration were discovered three layers of frescoes. As the name suggest the building is a circular chapel with small rectangular extensions. Read more
The King Liberator Monument /Pametnik Tsar Osvoboditel/ is situated on the square in front of the parliament building in Sofia. The monument was erected in honour of the Russian tsar Alexander II and his army – liberator of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.
The 14m bronze statue was designed by the Italian artist Arnoldo Zocci who is also the author of the Columbus Monument in Buenos Aires. The tsar sits astride his horse holding the declaration of war against the Ottomans in one hand. Read more
It is built in 1906-07 in the style of German neo-classicism with elements of Secession.
Along the façade six columns with beautiful capital support a large triangular pediment, decorated with mythological figures.
The twin towers on either side of the building depict the goddess Nike. The interior was restored several times but preserving the original appearance.
The main hall has two balconies and 850 seats. There are also two chamber stages – one with 150 seats and the other with 100. Read more