LANDMARKS IN SOFIA
Next to the St. Alexander Nevski Memorial Temple is the National Gallery for Foreign Art - an elegant baroque building. Masterpieces of the world famous artists like Rodin and Picasso are exhibited in spacious rooms.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA is near the National Library. Its history began in 1882, when the will of brothers Evlogi and Hristo Georgiev was opened and it was understood that they had donated a parcel of land and a large sum of money for the construction of a university. The statues of the brothers are located on the two sides of the official entrance to the building now. In 1906 an international competition was held to award the project. It was won by the French architect Jean Breanson, who drew up the original plan for the educational centre the following year. The building wasn't completed until 1934 by the famous Bulgarian architects Yordan Milanov and Nikola Lazarov.
THE BULGARIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY is located in the smart, white building just a minute's walk from the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral and the University of Sofia. It was constructed in 1884 and attracts the attention of passersby with its fine combination of Renaissance and Baroque elements.
Across from the National Assembly is THE MONUMENT TO ALEXANDER II - the Russian Emperor, who is known as "the Liberator" due to the fact that he declared war on the Ottoman Empire in order to liberate Bulgaria. The statue is the work of the Italian sculpture Arnoldo Zocci and was completed in 1907. Beside the statue of the Emperor, who is portrayed as a true soldier on a horse, two Russian Generals are also portrayed on the monument - Gurko and Skobelev - along with Bulgarian and Russian soldiers in battle, as well as the signing of the San Stefano Peace Treaty.