August 7, 2016

6 Facts we love about Australia

Did you hear the news? Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years next week! To celebrate this, we made a list the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. Yesterday we presented to you our #8, Italy. Today, we will tell you 6 interesting facts about Australia, which comes 7th by number of guests with 4592 guest. Fact about Australia №1: The biggest piece of private property in the country is larger than Belgium.   Fact about Australia №2: The selfie is an Australian invention. Fact about Australia №3: The largest-ever victory in an international football (soccer) game was when the national team of the country beat the American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.   Fact №4: It was the second country in the world to give women voting rights. This happened in 1902. Fact №5: Well over 80% of mammals, reptiles and amphibians found in the country/continent, are unique. These include the kangaroo, the emu, the koala, the platypus and the echidna.   Fact №6: The country has about 10,000 beaches, which means you […]
August 6, 2016
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6 Facts we love about Italy

Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years next week! To celebrate this, we made a list of the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. Yesterday we presented to you our #9, Netherlands. Today, we will tell you 6 interesting facts we like about Italy, which comes 8th by number of guests with 3611 guest. Fact about Italy №1: There are two independent states within the country: the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City.   Fact about Italy №2: Galileo’s middle finger is on display at the Florence History of Science Museum.   Fact about Italy №3: The country has 51 UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is more than any other country in the world. Those include the Archeological areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata; the City of Verona; Costiera Amalfitana; the historic center of Florence, Rome and many more.   Fact about Italy №4: The oldest European university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.   Fact  №5:  Italian Traffic Police has two Lamborghini Gallardo in […]
August 5, 2016
Facts we love about Netherlands - Amsterdam

6 Facts we love about Netherlands

As you may have learned, Free Sofia Tour turns 6 years next week! To celebrate this, we made a list the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from. Yesterday we presented to you our #10, Israel. Today, we will tell you 6 interesting facts about The Netherlands, which comes 9th by number of guests with 3083 visitors so far. Fact about The Netherlands №1: The Dutch national flag dates back to the year 1572 making it the oldest tricolor in the world. Fact about The Netherlands №2: New York City was first called New Amsterdam and was founded as a Dutch colony. Fact about The Netherlands №3: The audio tape, the video tape and the CD were all invented by the Dutch company Philips. Fact №4: According to the study, tracking the heights of different people through time, currently the tallest men on Earth live in the Netherlands, towering at an average of 184 sm (6 ft). Fact №5: The Dutch national anthem, Het Wilhelmus, was written between 1568 and 1572, […]
August 4, 2016
Facts we love about Israel - Jerusalem

6 Facts we love about Israel

Very often on our tours people ask us which are the countries we’ve had the most visitors from. Of course, we’ve had guests from all over the world, but we do keep track of where each one of them is coming from. Since Free Sofia Tour is turning 6 in 10 days… We decided to check which are the 10 countries we’ve had most visitors from and share with you 6 interesting facts we love about each one of these countries in a series of blog posts. So, according to our latest statistics, number 10 is Israel with 2625 guests. And here are 6 interesting facts we love about the country! Fact about Israel №1: The country has the highest ratio per capita of college degrees.   Fact about Israel №2: Israel, the UK and New Zeland are the only three democracies in the world without a codified constitution. Fact about Israel №3: The country has the biggest number of museums per capita in the world. Fact №4: It is home […]
July 20, 2016
Зелените трамваи търсят своя дом | Free Sofia Tour

Зелените трамваи търсят своя дом

Ти и зелените ретро-трамваи Виждали ли сте ретро-трамваите, които понякога обикалят по софийските улици? А искали ли сте да се возите на тях? Има как! Безплатно! Зелените трамваи търсят своя дом Сдружение „Градски транспорт и инфраструктура“ и Сдружение 365 организират на 23 юли 2016 г. от 10.30 ч първо тематично пътуване с исторически трамвай по проект „Зелените трамваи търсят своя дом“, който се изпълнява с финансовата подкрепа на Столична община по Програма Европа 2016. Снимка: Иво Радоев Пътуването е посветено на парковете на София и връзката им с трамвайния транспорт. За целта състав от историческа трамвайна мотриса МАН-Сименс от 1935 г. с ремарке Кардалев от 1928 г. ще направи обиколка на София, като свърже голяма част от градските паркове и градини. Маршрутът на трамвая за първото тематично пътуване ще бъде: трамвайно депо Банишора – Връбница – Западен парк – пл. Журналист – Руски паметник – Княжево – бул. Константин Величков. Трамваят ще измине маршрута за около 2 часа и 30 мин., като екскурзовод на Сдружение 365 ще разказва за историята на […]
June 16, 2016
ден на баща Седмица на бащата 2015 и Сдружение 365 | Free Sofia Tour

Ден на бащата 2016

Ден на бащата 2016 Спомняте ли си националната кампания “Да бъдеш баща” на, която направи невероятно видео? Това е национална кампания за по-активно включване на бащите в живота на децата. Бащата и майката са партньори в грижите за детето, затова е важно и двамата родители да участват активно в живота на децата. Тази година ни предстои “Ден на бащата 2016”. Photo: През 2014 и 2015 година нашето Сдружение 365 взе участие в “Седмицата на бащата” с една страхотна инициатива – “Тур за деца и бащи”. Тази година специално за “Ден на бащата 2016” сме подготвили същата изненада. И така: Кога? На 19ти юни (неделя) от 10:00 часа. Къде? Пред Съдебната палата в град София Как? Като запишете вас и вашето дете предварително на Местата са ограничени. Първите 15 записали се ще получат потвърждение 🙂 Кой? Поканени са всички бащи и деца. Турът ще се проведе на български език. Ще бъде с продължителност около час и половина и е подходящ за деца от 7 до 14 годишна възраст.
May 26, 2016
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Saint Petka of the Saddlers Church

The church of Saint Petka of the Saddlers (Sveta Petka Samardzhiyska) is a medieval Bulgarian Ortodox church, located in the center of Sofia near the Sveta Nedelya cathedral. It is a small single nave building featuring a semi-cylindrical vault and a hemispherical apse, all positioned above a Roman crypt discovered during World War II. The church is dedicated to the martyr St. Paraskevi of Iconium (rendered in Bulgarian as sveta Petka/Paraskeva Ikoniyska). The story says that Paraskeva was a woman living in Iconium, Asia Minor (present day Konya, Turkey), at the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd century. She was introduced to Christianity by her parents. They died when she was very young and as they were very wealthy she inherited a huge fortune. Instead of spending the fortune on luxury and pleasures, she helped people in need by providing food for the starving, shelter for the homeless and clothes for those who could not afford them. She was so devoted to Christianity that she decided to […]
February 8, 2016
Kukeri - An old and scary Bulgarian tradition - Kukeri

Kukeri – An old and scary Bulgarian tradition

The unknown Kukeri carnival You have probably heard of the carnivals of Rio or Venice. If you do some research, you will undoubtedly encounter theories, attributing the origin of the carnival tradition to Roman and Greek pagan traditions. Some of them will mention a connection to Bacchus/Dionysus, a Thracian and Greek god of wine. However, what you may not know is that we also have a carnival of our own. It is dedicated to the exact same deity. We call it Kukeri and it’s one of the most ancient pagan traditions we still follow to date. When is the Kukeri carnival happening? Every year in January and February (depending on the region) in towns and villages around the country Bulgarians and foreign guests gather to enjoy this special kind of festival. The kukeri, traditionally men only, are the protagonists in this ancient mystery. They form a procession through the streets and perform ritual dances dressed in their handmade costumes. The scarier the outfit, the better, as the goal of the whole rite is to chase away the evil spirits […]
January 25, 2016
Department of Theology

The Department of Theology

When is The Department of Theology of the Sofia University founded? The Department of Theology was founded in 1923 and since then it has been an active center for the dissemination of religious knowledge in Bulgaria. Today it also houses the St. Kliment Ohridski chapel, a church library and the National Museum of Church History and Archaeology of the Holy Synod. The museum exhibits over 10,000 objects: icons, wood carvings, church utensils, books, documents and more. History of the Department of Theology At the turn of the previous century the same space was occupied by the bell tower of the nearby Sveta Nedelya (Holy Sunday) church. The construction of the Department of Theology started with the proclamation of Bulgaria’s independence in 1908 and was completed in 1914. However, finishing works and mural painting continued until the autumn of 1923. The building was designed by the famous Austro-Hungarian architect Friedrich Grünanger and is one of the several prime representatives of the then trendy Byzantine Revival or Neo-Byzantine architectural style. Decorative ceramic tiles, […]