October 29, 2015
Free sofia tour sofia university

Sofia University

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” If you’ve ever been in Sofia, you must have noticed the massive baroque building of the Sofia University. Though the name might fool you, this is not simply the local university, but the first higher education institution in Bulgaria, established in 1888. Its full name is Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, named after a high-ranked medieval clerk, credited with the creation of the Cyrillic alphabet. The main building, which everyone here refers to as ‘the Rectorate’, was built between 1924 and 1934. All of this, however, started with a scandal! Sofia University’s founders The two people sitting in front of the University are two Bulgarian entrepreneurs, bankers and merchants: Evlogi Georgiev (left) and his brother Hristo Georgiev. They were, many claim, the wealthiest Bulgarian businessmen of the 19th century. Hristo and Evlogi Georgievi Evlogi is the older one and he started out as a teacher, before joining his uncles in their family rice trading business in Romania. Later the company was also joined by the younger […]
October 1, 2015
Kremikovski Monastery

One day trip around Sofia – Kremikovski Monastery

Monasteries around Sofia Close to our city of Sofia, there is a curious destination that is not very well-known with tourists. It is renowned as Sofia’s Mount Athos, or “Sofiiska Sveta Gora.” The term refers to a group of monasteries around Sofia that was established in the Bulgarian Middle Ages (1185-1417) and constituted a spiritual community under a common management. The monasteries were founded at the feet of several mountains: Vitosha, Lyulin, Rui  Plana, Lozen , and the southern slopes of Stara Planina (which you may know as the Balkan Mountain). Over time, the monasteries formed a ring around the city (you can find a map of the area here). Originally there were 14 of them, but later on another 7 convents were added to the cluster. About the Kremikovski Monastery In the Stara Planina (Balkan) mountain, only 22 km away from downtown Sofia, you can find one of these monasteries – the Kremikovski Monastery. It was established during the reign of Bulgarian king Ivan-Alexander (1331 – 1371). During the Ottoman siege of Sofia in […]