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Sofia City Overview

National Palace of Culture Lyudmila Jivkova
National Palace of Culture Lyudmila Jivkova

Sofia city is located in the Sofia Valley, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain (2 280 m). The town occurred in the 8th c. B.C. around a mineral spring, which is now in the centre of the city.

Ever Growing, Never Ageing

is its motto and since 1879 Sofia has been the capital of Bulgaria. Sofia's city centre is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, represented by historical and cultural monuments that the Thracians, Romans, Byzantians, Slavs, and Turks left behind in this beautiful city.

Location: Western Bulgaria

Time zone: GMT +2 (as Helsinki, Athens, Tel Aviv)

Population: 1 800 000

Average temperature in January: -2°C (28.5° F)

Average temperature in July: 22°C (71.5° F)

Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz. Western-style appliances need adapters for the country's round two-pin plugs, as well as voltage converters (for some US appliances only)

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