National Art Gallery, Sofia

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In the former royal palace of Bulgaria, National Art Gallery features a striking interior that serves as artwork itself in addition to the 50,000 objects it displays. Built in 1882, this chateauesque building is filled with lavish quarters, sparkling white ballrooms, and neo-Baroque adornments. A walk through the hallways reveals stone fireplaces and blood-red furniture. Take in the country's largest collection of medieval paintings, National Revival art, thousands of prominent icons, and numerous other paintings and sculptures. Look for Vladimir Dimitrov's famous portrait of a lady harvester. Before you head to Sofia, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sofia holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Sofia has to offer, including National Art Gallery.
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  • You have a choice when entering the building of visiting either the National Art Gallery or the Ethnocentrism museum. We took the Art option. Although the building is grand, the paintings were 50% mon...  more »
  • I was taken there together with the colleagues I was visiting, The place is not bad, I enjoy art in whatever form it comes. Nothing too impressive but good to see some Bulgarian art pieces  more »
  • Many different art from all over the world, European, Asian and African. Also a whole section with Bulgarian art. This was unfortunately not up to us. Tastes differ.
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