As a true gem in the Balkans, Bulgaria is an eclectic mix of old meets new, vibrant churches meet grey communist-era buildings. On my recent jaunt through Turkey and the Balkans, I made my way by land from Istanbul to Plovdiv, an artsy town in Southern Bulgaria, then Sofia, its vibrant capital. I uncovered a country sculpted by its characteristic edifices, monuments and Orthodox churches.
Wedged at a discreet corner of Eastern Europe, Bulgaria borders between the forward-thinking West and traditional Asia. While futuristic edifices and ancient churches stand side by side, my love for Bulgaria stems from its roots. I’ll let my photos bring you through the architectural marvels of Bulgaria for a closer look.
Rila Monastery, Rila
This ancient Orthodox church secretly tucked in an isolated location 2 hours outside of Sofia is a patchwork of colorful wall paintings and century-old inscriptions. Visiting the monastery itself is worth the daytrip, inspiring visitors with its architectural splendor.
Sofia, Bulgaria’s Capital
Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s Artsy Town