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Alexander Battenberg Square in the heart of Sofia city

Alexander Battenberg Square (Knyaz Alexander Battenberg) is the largest square of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was named after the first prince of post-liberated Bulgaria. It is considered the most suitable place in Sofia for major open-air concerts, parades and other events.

The Alexander Battenberg Square is within easy reach from the sumptuous Sheraton Hotel and its favourable position makes it a good starting point for a walking tour to Sofia. At the place where the today’s centrally located Alexander Battenberg is situated, the oldest traces of life of Sofia / remains of Neolithic settlements/ have been found.
The Alexander Battenberg Square was previously name ‘the 9th September Square’ during the Socialism period. Alexander Battenberg Square was also the place, where the Georgi Dimitrov /First Prime Minister from Socialism Era/ Mausoleum, was situated.
The old square played a central role in military parades and public celebrations during the Socialism Period.

To the north side of the Alexander Battenberg Square the imposing edifice of the former Tsar Palace /Royal Palace/ lies. The Royal palace of Bulgaria was a typical example of Second Empire architecture with chateauesque features. It was erected in 1873 as a residence of the ruling governor during the Ottoman domination, with administrative offices and police headquarters on the lower floors. It was the place where Vassil Levski /Bulgarian Apostle of Freedom, leader of National revolutionary movement against the Ottoman Yoke and a National hero / was sentenced to death. After Liberation it became the seat of the Bulgaria’s Knyaz Alexander Battenberg and it was the first building to be refurbished in contemporary Viennese style. Prominent European architects were assigned to turn the place into a palace worthy of a king.
Nowadays it is home to the National Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum. The exterior has recently been restored to its former glory and today we can admit that the splendid royal chambers are worthwhile.
The Ethnographic Museum in the eastern wing of the Palace covers Bulgarian folklore, including costumes from various regions, so it is highly recommendable to visit it.

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