Interesting facts you will learn from this video:
- Sofia (at that time called Serdika) is 1700 years older than Brussels.
- Emperor Constantine the Great was considering Sofia for the capital of the Byzantine Empire, but eventually chose Constantinople. He said “Serdika is my Rome”.
- The oldest functioning church in Europe is St. George’s Rotunda (326 AD). It is right next to the Bulgarian presidency.
- In the 4th century, Serdika was the spiritual capital of the Christian world.
- The Boyana Church frescoes are considered to be the portents of the European Renaissance.
- At the age of 28, the Bulgarian architect Petko Momchilov won a competition against Gustave Eiffel.
- The Square of Tolerance is a unique place in Sofia: within less than 300 meters, you can see temples from the world’s four major religions: a mosque, a synagogue, a Catholic cathedral, and an orthodox church.
- More steel was used for the construction of the National Palace of Culture than for the Eiffel Tower. The building was erected for the commemoration of 1300 anniversary of the founding of the Bulgarian state.
- Sofia’s motto is “Grows But Does Not Age.”