The Bulgarian Republic is located in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. It is inhabited by about 7.5 million people. The country's territory is 110,993 square km. The title of the capital is Sofia.
In total there are 28 disctricts and 264 regions in the country. Bulgaria’s neighbours are Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, and Romania. The Republic is an industrial country with developed agriculture and tourism. The laws of Bulgaria provide for free religion. Most of the residents are Orthodox but there are other religions such as Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and Judaism there as well.
Tourism brings a significant income to the country's economy. Travelers visit this country regardless of calendar seasons – it is due to the fact that there are a lot of cultural and natural attractions. The country has beautiful mountain and sea resorts (access to the Black Sea).
There are plenty ofinteresting places to visit –you just need enough time and money.
Book lovers will find the library of Saints Cyril and Methodius a reader’s paradise. It is a national library, located in the center of the capital. The first thing that catches your eye is a huge scale construction and a beautiful exterior. Inside the building you will see thousands of the oldest printed books and manuscripts. There is a monument to the saints next to the building.
Next, we suggest that you continue your journey and visit the Valley of Roses, near the Middle and Stara Planina mountains, near the town of Kazanluk. You will be able to find this place with your eyes closed – the amazing aromas spread for several kilometers.
The ancient European monuments include the Banja-Bashi Mosque. Researchers are still arguing about the date of its construction – the year of 1567. The structure appeared at the site of natural thermal springs. According to eyewitnesses, even today you can spot steam on its walls. The mosque is a example of traditional Ottoman architecture, in rectangle form with semicircular domes. The square in front of the mosque is decorated with fountains with hot water. To date, there is only one mosque in Sofia - Bath-Bashi.
You can also visit the island of Saint Anastasia. The monastery was established in the 15th century, until now only the Church of the Ascension remained. There is a legend that in those distant times the monastery was often attacked by pirates, and its patron defended his monastery from enemy raids. Once a pirate ship was destroyed, and its petrified remains can still be seen by tourists in the rock.
Art critics will be delighted with the Bulgarian Art Gallery, which is located in the city of Burgas. It was erected in the beginning of the 20th century, and the opening ceremony took place only in 1947. The first exhibition was a small collection of art objects, but in the following years the museum fund was replenished with a large number of art pieces.
Hospitable Bulgaria awaits you!