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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO AM 2024 Conference

1 July - 7 July, 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria


TOURIST Information
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Also see Martin Ringer's "A walk in downtown Sofia"

Other Popular Sights 
Distances and times are from the Conference Venue - Grand Hotel Millennium

National Palace of Culture (NDK) square – 5 minutes walking distance

 Sofia National Palace of Culture is the largest multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe for congresses, cultural events, and exhibitions. It opened in 1981 for the 1300th anniversary of the creation of the Bulgarian state. It has a total area of 123,000 square meters on eight floors and 12 multifunctional halls with a capacity from 50 to 4000 seats. The building was renovated in 2017 to be the official venue for the Bulgarian EU Presidency in 2018.

Vitosha Blvd Pedestrian District – 5-10 minutes walking distance

Vitosha Boulevard is the main commercial street in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, which is abundant in posh stores, restaurants, and bars. It extends from St. Nedelya Square to Southern Park. This is the place to stroll along with family or friends on a sunny afternoon, enjoy a coffee, ice cream, or drink, watch buskers and street artists, and generally watch the world go by.

South Park – 5 minutes walking distance

South Park in Sofia is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in Sofia. It has numerous cafes and places to eat, asphalt paths for walking, and bicycle paths between trees suitable for extreme riding.

Shopping malls – 5 minutes walking distance

Variety of shops and entertainment activities in one or more of the Sofia shopping centers – Serdika Center, Paradise Center, The Mall, Sofia Ring Mall, Park Center Sofia, Bulgaria Mall, or Mall of Sofia. The nearest one, within 5 minutes walking distance is Park Center Sofia.

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – 2.4 km away, 30 min. walking distance

Home to the Patriarch of Bulgaria, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of Sofia’s top primary tourist attractions. It is one of the top 10 largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings in the world - only surpassed in size by the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest and the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia. The church is built in the style of a basilica and features a large central dome. The church has inspired many other churches in Bulgaria.

The Largo – 1.9 km away, 25 min. walking distance

 The Largo is an architectural complex in the center of the city, consisting of three edifices, built-in Socialistic style. The construction began in the 1950s in an area heavily damaged by bombs during WWII. The ruins of the ancient Thracian and Roman city called Serdika are presented in the underpass between the Presidency and the Council of Ministers buildings. The eastern gate of the fortress had been renovated and exposed within the period 1997 - 1999.

National Gallery – Square 500 – 2.6 km away, 35 min. walking distance

“Square 500” (KVADRAT 500), Bulgaria’s new national gallery was officially opened on the 28th of May. The gallery complex is located near the monument to Vassil Levski in the capital city Sofia and behind “St. Alexander Nevsky” cathedral It has a collection of over 42,000 artworks from the National Art Gallery and the National Gallery for Foreign Art. The exhibition presents about 2,000 artworks, half of which are by Bulgarian artists and the other comes from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

Sofia History Museum – 2.2 km away, 25 min. walking distance

 It opened its permanent exhibition on 17th September 2015 officially. It is located at 1 Banski Sq (the former building of the Central Mineral Baths). The permanent exhibition can be seen in 8 different halls which cover the period between the 6th millennium BC up to 1940s.

The Museum of Socialist Art – 5.3 km away

The Museum of socialist art is one of the newest museums in Sofia, built on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and opened on September 19, 2011. It is an affiliate of the National Art Gallery and collects, preserves, and exhibits examples of art from the period 1944 - 1989 in Bulgaria, known as the "era of socialism." 

Sofia Opera and Ballet – 2.5 km away, 30 min. walking distance

National History Museum – 7 km away 

Founded in 1973, the National History Museum is Bulgaria’s largest museum. The location of the museum moved in 2000 to the former residence of the last Communist leader of Bulgaria in Boyana. The museum is known for its archaeological treasures and collection of fine arts through which visitors can explore the rich culture and history of Bulgaria through the years. The collection is vast and only 10% of it is permanently displayed. 

Vitosha Mountain – 10 km away 

Standing at a proud 2290 meters high, the mountain provides hiking and skiing opportunities for the city's residents and can be a welcome break from the summer heat. The main ski center on Vitosha mountain, Aleko is best accessed with the gondola lift that departs from the ring road near the turnoff for Bistritsa.