Photoblog: Architectural Marvels in Bulgaria

Posted on July 13, 2010 by

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

Rila Monastery in Rila, Bulgaria

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.

Colorful wall paintings of Rila Monastery Bulgaria

An Orthodox priest in Rila Monastery Bulgaria An orthodox priest patrolling the holy grounds of the monastery.

Sofia, Bulgaria’s Capital

Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia’s most prominent and attractive landmark is the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Its turquoise green domes and shimmering golden mosaic tiles have given it quite a reputation.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Central fountain in Sofia, Bulgaria The central fountain in downtown Sofia is reminiscent of those in Western Europe, creating a rather romantic appeal to its garden.

Sofia's Grand Theater, Bulgaria Sofia’s Grand Theatre is still used today as a cultural spot. In summer, urbanites gather in the park surrounding the theatre.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s Artsy Town

Plovdiv Roman Amphitheater, Bulgaria The Roman Amphitheater ruins in downtown Plovdiv is poised on a hilltop. Its well-preserved facade is extremely impressive, considering that it is one of the oldest monuments in Bulgaria.

Plovdiv Roman amphitheater Bulgaria

Art stalls in Plovdiv, Bulgaria The artsy town of Plovdiv has an artistic flair, evident throughout its cobbled streets.

Cobbled stone streets of Plovdiv, Bulgaria Quiet, characteristic cobbled streets of Plovdiv.


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

7 Responses to “Photoblog: Architectural Marvels in Bulgaria”

  1. Milena Yordanova June 24, 2014 7:54 am #

    Great blog post about my native country! I’m so happy that you enjoyed your trip to Bulgaria. You should also visit Black Sea Coast, particularly Sozopol and Nesebar. If you have any questions I will be glad to help you.


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