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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  • Well, overal the place was not very special- build in communist art , but there's a fountain and very beautifull garden.  more »
  • Inside we were not true, but this is a huge, Soviet-style miracle bleak square rises, even depressing.
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  • We also visited the large building, there was a national conference with the heads of State and many blue cars. Along this great Park and very agreeable for its Green and beautiful fountains, with the remains of the Berlin wall never misses
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  • The Palace is a center for many high profile cultural events. It has probably the biggest proper concert hall in Bulgaria. The most popular exhibitions and events are organised in the premises of the Palace. Additionally it is a home of several cafes and restaurants where one can spend nice time with friends. One of the landmarks worth seeing while in Sofia. Both the Palace building and the surrounding park were recently renovated.
  • Some parts need renovation. Still, if one is there for a cultural event, most likely it will be a really good one. The location is exelent, just past the end of the main walking street one reaches the park in front of the National Palace of Culture.
  • Great building on the outside, very outraged on the inside. Unless you are sitting directly towards the stage you would be seeing the back of the orchestra from the wings( which are sold as one of the most expensive tickets). Highly disappointed although I paid quite a lot for a ticket (80lv.)
  • The "palace" is a fine example of the late modernism in Bulgaria of the socialism. Although built in a very short time it's monumental architecture and rich interior decoration benefit from an unusual attention to the detail and quality of the used materials at the time of construction. The project, including the surrounding infrastructure are of unprecedented scale. The main building connects to several other architectural bodies through a vast network of underground tunnels. The legend says, although unconfirmed, that the number of underground levels equals those above ground and that the complex is linked to the presidential residence in Boyana - some 7-8 kilometers to the south - via secret tunnel large enough for a truck. During the first half of 2018 the Palace will host most of the events of the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU so is currently under reconstruction. Normally it's a place where many concerts and exhibitions take place. Anyways, it's a must see place for tourists and a meeting spot for many locals.
  • A communist era cultural center. There is a huge concert hall, where the communist elite used to shape the people's future. Now used Ford various cultural events. Don't miss the restaurant at the top level with a breath taking view of the city.

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