National Palace of Culture Congress Centre, Sofia

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The National Palace of Culture, located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the largest, multifunctional conference and exhibition centre in south-eastern Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria's 1300th anniversary.The centre was initiated at the suggestion of Lyudmila Zhivkova, daughter of the communist leader of the former People's Republic of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov. The project was designed by a team of Bulgarian and foreign architects led by Alexander Georgiev Barov along with Ivan Kanazirev. The landscaping of Bulgaria Square in front of the National Palace of Culture was designed by another team of architects and landscape engineers, led by Atanas Agura. Internally, the building exhibits a unified style, employing an octagonal motif and heavy, dark colours. Large bright murals depicting historical figures and events cover the main wall of many of the smaller halls.During the '90s, immediately following the change of the political model in the country, the NDK lost a significant portion of its property, including infrastructure, commercial areas, and car parks. Since 2011, the NDK has been restructured into a commercial company, but it remains a state property. It is self-sustaining, receiving no subsidies. The first public financial report of the Palace was released in 2012. A substantial part of the revenues are invested annually in new projects and its own cultural events.The Festival and Congress Centre is the Varna branch of the NDK. It was founded in 1986 and it is gradually becoming the center of some of the most prestigious events in the field of art and culture. FCC is host to artistic events and festivals, scientific meetings, seminars, and more. FCC is the face of Bulgaria when it comes to prestigious international congress organizations such as ICCA, EFCT, AIPC and it is included in the only pan-European network of cinemas, Europe Cinema, in the European Union .
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  • These gardens are a great place to go in every season and in summer the water is cool and in winter with snow is a breathtaking and so worth seeing
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  • It is a nice place, which you honestly cannot miss if you are in the city. It has a park to walk around with benches to sit and enjoy a coffee of something. The palace itself was closed when I was the...  more »
  • Beautiful plaza. The fountains happened to be on when we went - a first for my husband who is from Sofia - which added to the joyful atmosphere. Always seemed to be a lot going on in the plaza. The bu...  more »
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  • I love the vintage Soviet style of the building. Its decay has some attractive beauty. The main hall is huge but you get very good visibility from any seat. The acoustics are very decent. Staff was helpful and polite. Only problem when I visited was that there only seemed to be one single toilet facility working in the building. Imagine the lines at the interval.
  • Not much to see of any world historical value but some thiings to view on the national histoic importance.
  • Its really hard to orientate in this place, especially when you are in a hurry for a concert or something else and there are a lot of people everywhere. There are not enough people helping you inside and the seats are pretty small and old.
  • The park is amazing- fountains, gardens, small river , waterfall, kids playground , church with monument , the building itself is huge. Great view from the top floors. Many places to have a drink in the park.
  • It is not so bad if you don mind the lear bulgarian history.

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