Sofia is a historian’s fantasy. One of the oldest settlements in Europe, it dates back almost 7000 years. Originally a Thracian tribal settlement, it later went through several phases of influence before becoming the capital of Bulgaria. The architectural clash in Sofia is an odd blend of Christian Roman, Medieval Bulgar, Neoclassic, and Soviet era. Ruins of Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman buildings dot the city and include the ruins of the Rotunda of St. George and the Amphitheater of Serdica (the original name of the city). Named for the church of St. Sofia with its bulbous domes, this ancient monument has beautiful interiors that are not to be missed. Sofia is also home to several acres of greenery and spreading trees line the avenues and boulevards of the city. Explore the serene environs of this stately city with Exeter International.
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