Sofia

There have been rain showers but I spent the day wandering around Sofia. Here are some pics from the day.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
On guard with feathers in their caps!
On guard with feathers in their caps!
Pedestrianised shopping area
Pedestrianised shopping area
Strange sculpture that has been taken over by graffiti
Strange sculpture that has been taken over by graffiti
The park leading to the National Palace of Culture. The pond and fountains have seen better days!
The park leading to the National Palace of Culture. The pond and fountains have seen better days!
Church of St. George. Oldest building in Sofia
Church of St. George. Oldest building in Sofia
Church of St. George - built by the Romans in 4th Century. Sits in the ancient remains of the town of Serdica
Church of St. George – built by the Romans in 4th Century. Sits in the ancient remains of the town of Serdica
Ancient remains of the town of Seredica
Ancient remains of the town of Seredica
Ancient remains of the town of Serdica
Ancient remains of the town of Serdica

 

Archeology Museum

The highlight of the day was a visit to the ‘Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology with Museum’. It isn’t a large building but it contains some interesting items, including gold items from the 16th century BC and stone tools from the early Paleolithic era. Only 10 leva entry fee (about $6-7) and no ‘photo tax’. Photos are permitted – but no flash. Here are some of the highlights from the museum.

The museum - with ancient stone pieces on display outside
The museum – with ancient stone pieces on display outside
Bronze head from a statue of Apollo (2nd-3rd century)
Bronze head from a statue of Apollo (2nd-3rd century)
Gold jewellery (end of 4th Century)
Gold jewellery (end of 4th Century)
Part of the interior of the museum
Part of the interior of the museum
Large statue (middle of 2nd Century)
Large statue (middle of 2nd Century)
Bronze helmet (4th century BC)
Bronze helmet (4th century BC)
Helmet (end of 5th century BC)
Helmet (end of 5th century BC)
Body armour (end of 5th century BC)
Body armour (end of 5th century BC)
Bronze axes (16th - 12th century BC)
Bronze axes (16th – 12th century BC)
Bronze gilt Turkish ceremonial helmet (15th - 16th century)
Bronze gilt Turkish ceremonial helmet (15th – 16th century)
Face-shield for bronze gilt Turkish ceremonial helmet (15th - 16th century)
Face-shield for bronze gilt Turkish ceremonial helmet (15th – 16th century)
Keys and padlocks (9th - 14th century)
Keys and padlocks (9th – 14th century)
Silver vessels with gold inlays (13th - 14th century)
Silver vessels with gold inlays (13th – 14th century)
Belt adornments (7th - 8th century)
Belt adornments (7th – 8th century)
Bronze bust if a child (2nd century)
Bronze bust if a child (2nd century)
Helmet
Helmet
Helmet (6th century BC)
Helmet (6th century BC)
Gold vessels (2nd - 1st century BC)
Gold vessels (2nd – 1st century BC)
Scabbard plate, dagger and arrowheads (8th - 7th century BC)
Scabbard plate, dagger and arrowheads (8th – 7th century BC)

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Gold wreath (4th century BC)
Gold wreath (4th century BC)
Portrait head of a statue in bronze (4th century BC)
Portrait head of a statue in bronze (4th century BC)

 

I’m now going to have a relaxing evening in Sofia. Tomorrow I drive to Greece, where the weather is much warmer (hotter)!

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