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The capital of Bulgaria since 1879, Sofia was laid out on a grid plan by 19th-century urban planners. A royal palace, parliament house and various government ministries were built in the eastern part of the centre, providing Sofia with a quarter of fine buildings which still exists today. The Roman, medieval and Ottoman-era buildings that also dot Sofia give some idea of the city’s ancient origins. Monumental public buildings from the Communist period add a melancholy grandeur to downtown squares and intersections. The main social artery of modern Sofia is Bulevard Vitosha, a permanently bustling shopping thoroughfare with cobbled residential streets on either side. Outside the city centre, Sofia is dominated by residential suburbs broken up by attractive swathes of green parkland and the looming presence of Mount Vitosha. 

Central Sofia is easy to explore on foot, although you may need public transport to reach outlying museums. An efficient tram network covers the city centre and the inner suburbs, while buses and trolleybuses are a convenient means of reaching Sofia’s outer fringes. Taxis are numerous and inexpensive. The metro system, a single line running west from Mladost 1 station to the suburb of Lyulin, will be extended with two more lines in the next few years.



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