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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  • If you have visited the big art galleries in Europe this one will indeed seem tiny to you but nevertheless it's worth visiting. Being a former king's palace it's a place with a lot of history where yo...  more »
  • This museum was the Royal Palace to the Temple of the monarchy. Seen from the outside is very impressive and well maintained. In front of the City Park.
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  • Temporary exhibitions in beautiful setting and a lot of text in english.We saw some modern video art, poster art by Despo, highlights of croation art and work by Mashev. As we didn't know any of these...  more »

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