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June 11, 2018
vrana palace

The Palace of Vrana – History, Opening Hours and Prices

History of Vrana Palace The Royal days of Bulgaria are long gone. However, all around the country you can still find evidence of this period of Bulgarian history. Only 15 kilometers away from the heart of the city center of Sofia you will find the Summer Royal Palace of Vrana. The chosen location was where the homestead of the Ottoman governor of Sofia – Osman Pasha used to be. During the timeline of history, those lands change their ownership quite a lot. At the end of the 19th century they became property of the royal family of Bulgaria. We owe this project to our Royal Highness Ferdinand I. Construction works began at the beginning of the 20th century. The project consisted of the construction of various buildings with different purposes – hunting villa, royal palace, garden, rockery, artificial lakes, greenhouse and stables. Vrana Royal Palace surroundings You will also find a simple wooden house built during the communist regime . It was used by Georgi Dimitrov, our first communist leader. There is […]
March 9, 2014
Borisova Garden Sofia

7 fun facts about the Borisova Garden in Sofia

Sofia’s biggest park – Borisova Garden How often do you pass by a park or a garden? You hang out with friends, sit on a bench drinking beer, or just lazily lie on the grass letting time fly? Have you ever wondered about the stories these places hide? Here are some fun facts about the biggest park in our capital – Borisova Garden. We hope that it will help you get to know it better. 7 Facts about the Borisova Garden 1. Initially, the Borisova Garden was in the outskirts of Sofia but as the city grew rapidly the park ended up in the very center of Sofia. 2. The Borisova Garden was built at the end of the 19th century. Its name went through a number of changes. First, it was Razsadnika (The Nursery Garden), then Pepiniera, Tzarigradskata gradina, Knyaz Borisovata gradina (The Prince Boris Garden) and The Freedom Park. 3. A Swiss gardener was responsible for the design. He was brought all the way from Bucharest. 4. The plants for the Japanese Corner, came […]