Do you want to spend time that delights both the eye and the soul? We’ve got an idea of what you’ll love! Take a closer look at the National Gallery of Art. Sofia has not one but two National Art Gallery buildings within walking distance along the yellow pavement, known as The Palace and Square 500.
The Palace is the oldest art museum building situated in the actual Princely palace that became a cultural monument in 1978. Today, its halls house temporary exhibitions of Bulgarian and foreign art and parts of Bulgaria’s national collection. The building was constructed immediately after the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878 when Sofia became the capital of Bulgaria. The building was constructed in two stages by Austrian architects, which is evident in the Viennese spirit of the ornaments on the building. After a tour of The Palace, you can relax pleasantly in the Royal Garden behind it, where you will enjoy the tranquillity of nature, even though you are in the very heart of the city.
Both The Palace and Square 500 are important institutions for the memory of Bulgarian art. And if you want to take home a memento, both locations have shops for interesting souvenirs.