Monument to the Unknown Warrior, Sofia

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The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is a monument in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, located just next to the 6th-century Church of St Sophia, on 2 Paris Street. The monument commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian soldiers who died in wars defending their homeland. Ceremonies involving the President of Bulgaria and foreign state leaders are often performed here. The monument was designed by architect Nikola Nikolov and opened on September 22, 1981, the 1300th anniversary of establishment of the Bulgarian state.The Monument to the Unknown Soldier features an eternal flame, turf from Stara Zagora and Shipka Pass, sites of two of the most important battles of the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation, a sculpture of a lion by the noted sculptor Andrey Nikolov, as well as a stone inscription of a stanza by the national writer Ivan Vazov:After the end of the First World War, a group of Bulgarians proposed building the monument. However, strong opposition to the building of this monument arose. Some Bulgarian intellectuals argued that a monument of an unknown soldier is unacceptable since it would imply that the names of the soldiers have been forgotten. "Not a single soldier shall be forgotten who gave his life in this war and in all other wars for the freedom of Bulgaria!".
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  • It is a monument with a burning flame a few metres from the Cathedral. It is easy to miss it because there are many things to see in the area. There is a statue of a lion on one side which steals the looks of all.
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  • The monument is a touching symbol for many Bulgarians, but for tourists in general it's unfortunately just "another" eternal flame and a statue of lion good enough to make a picture. It can not be mis...  more »
  • This monument stands in the shadow of the great Sofienkirche. It's barely acknowledging it. As everywhere the eternal fire in Eastern European cities burning. A beautiful tradition of the Gedenkenes. Unfortunately everything Bulgarian.
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  • Its a nice place to visit on your way to the cathedral.
  • Everybody who came in Sofia must visit this place!
  • The ETERNAL fire
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