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Rila Miracle Maker Pilgrimage Route

A pilgrimage route from St Sophia Church to Rila Monastery – August 01 (the date is fixed)

Since 2010 the Rila Miracle Maker pilgrimage has taken place in the period August 01-06. The event is organized on the initiative of the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, with the blessing of the Holy Metropolis of Sofia and with the cooperation of Sofia Tourism Administration. The pilgrimage route starts from St Sophia Church and finishes at Rila Monastery.

The pilgrims follow the route that the carriers of the relics of Saint John of Rila walked in 1469. With the help of prayers and worship services the pilgrims cross three mountains – Vitosha, Verila and Rila, stopping in two villages on their way – the village of Yarlovo and the village of Klisura. There they are welcomed by the locals and are housed in the temples. On the 6th day, the laymen arrive at Rila Monastery and worship the relics of St. John of Rila.

A pilgrimage route to the Divotino Monastery of the Holy Trinity

А pilgrimage route from St St Kirik and Yulita Church in Bankya to the Divotino Monastery of the Holy Trinity (on Pentecost Monday) – the date is not fixed.

With the blessing of the Holy Synod, Sofia Tourism Administration - Sofia Municipality and the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski organize a pilgrimage route from St St Kirik and Yulita Church in the town of Bankya to the Divotino Monastery of the Holy Trinity. The pilgrimage takes place every year on the patronal feast of the monastery.

The length of the pilgrimage route is approximately 8.00 km. and it takes about 2 hours to reach the monastery. It encompasses mostly eco paths located around the town of Bankya. When the pilgrims arrive at the monastery they attend a Holy Mass in the monastery and a blessing of water in the temple of the monastery.

The point of the Christian pilgrimage is rooted in the biblical messages. The history of the pilgrimage can be sought back in history but its nature has always been an expression of the willingness and desire to seek the truth, to meet God.

Today pilgrimages attract more and more young Christians who believe in Christian traditions. The pilgrimages are considered to be a peculiar test of the spirit as they can be seen as a personal spiritual experience as well as a moral communication with the others.

The pilgrimages to holy places in Sofia Holy Mount are important events for the residents of Sofia and they are successfully presented and popularized by the information centers of Sofia Tourism Administration.

The Holy Protection of the Mother of God Pilgrimage Rout

A pilgrimage route - from St Petka Church in Kremikovtsi quarter to the Kremikovtsi Monastery of Saint George – October 1

Every year on October 1 The Holy Protection of the Mother of God Pilgrimage takes place from Kremikovtsi quarter to the Kremikovtsi Monastery of Saint George. It is organized by Sofia Tourism Administration - Sofia Municipality in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and with the blessing of the Holy Metropolis of Sofia.

The pilgrimage follows a specific program - it starts with a prayer in St Petka Church in Kremikovtsi quarter and finishes after a Holy Mass and а blessing of water in the Kremikovtsi Monastery of Saint George.

Ascension of Jesus Pilgrimage Route

A pilgrimage route from the church of Sts Constantine and Helena in the village of Lozen to the Lozen Monastery of St. Spas (on Ascension Day), the date is not fixed.

With the blessing of the Holy Metropolis of Sofia, Sofia Tourism Administration - Sofia Municipality and the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski have organized the Ascension of Jesus Pilgrimage since 2010. Every year on the patronal feast of the monastery the pilgrimage starts from Saint George Church in the village of Dolni Lozen.

The pilgrims walk to the Monastery of St. Spas where they attend a Holy Mass and learn more about the history of the monastery.

Distance: 4,5 km; Duration: 1 hour.

Drive to the village of Dolni Lozen: by bus № 5. You can take the bus from Tsarigradsko shosse metro station.

Colorful Diversity in Vitosha Mountain

One day trip: Nature Protection Information Center Vitosha – a panoramic observation deck over Sofia - Dragalevtsi Monastery - a ride on a panoramic ski lift.

Have a bird's-eye view of Sofia by standing at an altitude of 1818 meters! Visit Dragalevtsi Monastery - the main monastery in Sofia Holy Mount, and learn more about the most visited mountain in Bulgaria – Vitosha. Present-day Sofia is one of the most ancient cities in Europe with millennial cultural traditions. It is also one of the few capitals in Europe with a mountain on its territory - the northern part of Vitosha which is the most developed tourism area. Thus, unforgettable walks in nature await you!

You can take public transport from the city center to the last stop of bus №93 and travel for about an hour. The price of a one-way ticket is BGN 1.60. The most convenient option is to buy for BGN 4 a one-day card that offers an unlimited number of trips within the day on all types of public transport - buses, trolleybuses, trams and metro.

Tracing the Religious Tolerance in the Capital of Bulgaria

Sofia is a city of religious tolerance where many religions and denominations coexist. Every day Christians (Orthodox and Catholics), Muslims and Jews meet and practice their faith - openly, without fear and hatred. One of the greatest proofs of this is the so-called "Quadrangle of Religious Tolerance" located in the heart of present-day Sofia where there are designated places for prayer for people of these religions located meters away from one another. You can also visit the temples regardless of your religious affiliation.

Boyana Church and National Museum of History - experience the greatest mystery of all - time

One-day trip: Vitosha Blvd – National Museum of History – Boyana Church Sofia is a city with an ancient history and plays an important role in the development of the country. Here, through the millennial history of the city and the history of one of the oldest countries in Europe – Bulgaria, you will be able to experience the greatest mystery of all – time. In just one day you can visit the National Museum of History and the Boyana Church which is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. You can take public transport from the central pedestrian zone of Sofia - Vitosha Blvd, to the National Museum of History and travel for about 35 minutes, or to Boyana Church and travel for about an hour. The price of a one-way ticket is BGN 1.60. The most convenient option is to buy a one-day card for BGN 4 that offers an unlimited number of trips within the day on all types of public transport - buses, trolleybuses, trams and metro.

A route for graffiti fans

Sofia has recently became an outdoor art space, thanks to graffiti: they crop up here and there on a facade, transform a crumbling wall, turn a building into fantasy scene with amazing characters, attract passers-by and are painted by real artists known as Urban Creatures. In the summer of 2013 in the district of Hadzhi Dimitar huge graffiti appeared on three eight-storey blocks, known as the Santa Dobri, The Winged Diver, and The Girl with a Secret Gift Behind. Their pictures circle round media and social networks, and passersby stop to admire the creative imagination of their authors. Today a whole gallery is waiting for you in the district of Hadzhi Dimitar. This route will offer you the "gallery" of the city center of Sofia. The works of street art in the city center are between the three Tourist Information Centres of Sofia.

Explore the wilderness with the kids – Vitosha mountain

Enjoy a picnic and playtime

It’s so important to breathe fresh air, get some exercise and learn to love and respect nature – especially for children. Our lovely mountain Vitosha mountain is very diverse – it offers a variety of cozy locations to relax, challenging routes to follow and many places to just take a walk amongst nature. Here are some options you can try with your kids: