Place Sofia

The Stolichna Municipality is an obshtina in Sofia City Province, Western Bulgaria.
It is named after its administrative centre – the city of Sofia, which is also the capital of Sofia City Province and Sofia Province and the capital of Bulgaria as well.
The municipality is located mainly in the Sofia Valley, and also in the foots and lower parts of the mountains of Stara planina and Vitosha, Plana, Lozen, Rila. It is home to 1,500,927 inhabitants from which 1.400 million live in Sofia .

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Brutalism 1975
National Palace of Culture
Atlas Obscura 2021
The Necropolis of St. Sophia Church

Discover The Necropolis of St. Sophia Church in Sofia, Bulgaria: Underneath this Byzantinian church lies a necropolis filled with ancient tombs and the ruins of previous churches.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Surva Carnival at Pernik

Discover Surva Carnival at Pernik in Pernik, Bulgaria: Founded in the 4th-century, the town of Pernik plays host to the Surva Carnival⁠—a magnificent display of masked Kukeri dancers.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Rosomača Canyon

Discover Rosomača Canyon in Slavinja, Serbia: The ridged layers that make up this river canyon represent Earth's geological history.

World Heritage Site 1979
Boyana Church

Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be e…

Audio Guide 2014
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World Heritage Site 1983
Pirin National Park

Spread over an area of over 27,000 ha, at an altitude between 1008 and 2914 m in the Pirin Mountains, southwest Bulgaria, the site comprises diverse limestone mountain landscapes with glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and predominantly coniferous forests…

Atlas Obscura 2020
Underground Mining Museum

Discover Underground Mining Museum in Pernik, Bulgaria: One of the largest mines in Bulgaria is now home to a vast museum more than 100 feet underground.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Bald Jesus Fresco

Discover Bald Jesus Fresco in Rsovci, Serbia: This fresco inside a Serbian cave church has been a source of disagreement.

World Heritage Site 1983
Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual a…

Atlas Obscura 2017
Bulgaria’s Museum of Socialist Art

Discover Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria: A collection of art from Bulgaria's time as a communist state.

Atlas Obscura 2020
DZI Sofia Center

Discover DZI Sofia Center in Sofia, Bulgaria: This building has two facades of clashing architectural designs.

Zala Festivalna (today: Asics Arena)