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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  • Being of military back ground we always take a moment at these sites, paying our respects. The huge lion statue represents the national symbol of Bulgaria, many people rub its paw for good luck.  more »
  • Next to the Church of Holy wisdom there and the tomb of the unknown soldier. It is a flame that burns continued. It is not something special, but after you go through there, stand 5 '-10 ' to see.
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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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  • in the front of Sveti Aleksandar Nevski you can stop to gett a shot with the lion. There is all so flame in front of the building
  • Its a nice place to visit on your way to the cathedral.
  • The ETERNAL fire
  • Everybody who came in Sofia must visit this place!
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