At the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the Sofia Valley is the city of Sofia. The capital of Bulgaria since 1879, Sofia’s city center has various architectural styles exemplified by the cultural and historical monuments left behind in this glorious city by the Turks, Slavs, Byzantines, Romans, and Thracians. Visitors to the St. Alexander Nevski Memorial Church, constructed between 1882 and 1912, will enjoy this spectacular cathedral sized church with its beautiful golden and copper domes. The Rotunda of St. George was a Roman temple built in the fourth century and rebuilt in the sixth century after a fire damaged part of it. It is Sofia’s oldest preserved building. For visitors that enjoy beautiful architecture, the Church of Nedelya with its neo-Byzantine architecture and huge dome will delight them. The square has a 79-foot bronze statue of Sofia, goddess and protector.
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