Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 25: An Evening in Sofia (50 p.)

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ronik24

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Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Holiday in Bulgaria 2015 - 24: Rhodopes - Sofia (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...ay-in-Bulgaria-2015-24-Rhodopes-Sofia-(50-p-)


To the video:
https://youtu.be/4dl-qDnduFM




August 10 2015


We continue our tour of Sofia at a crossing between tram line and trolleybus at the Lions' Bridge.
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In this image you can spot a Sofia specialty: tramway mailboxes.
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T6-700M on Marie Luise Boulevard, these units had been built by Bulgarian Tramcar 1986 - 1988 and were modernized from 2009.
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We have reached Banya Bashi Mosque, the Central Market Halls to the right, in short called "Chalite" - like "Les Halles" in Paris.
In the foreground you can spot a rare tramway crossing: most lines feature the unusual gauge of 1009 mm, but three lines (20, 22, 23) - the tracks crossing here - are standard gauge.
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Next we visited Sofia Synagogue which had been constructed after the once largest temple in Vienna.
More about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Synagogue
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Former German Duewag T4/B4 units built in 1960 which had been bought in 1995 second hand from Bonn. This year they are supposed to be replaced by Tatra T6A5 trams from Prague.
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Banya Bashi Mosque (literally: "Many Baths Mosque" as it is situated next to a thermal spa established since Roman times) is one of the oldest mosques in Europe. More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banya_Bashi_Mosque
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Sofia is a city of many layers: Sveta Petka Samardzhiyska, a church built on a temple site of the Roman town Serdica next to the parliament and presidential palace.
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Inside the courtyard of the presidential office building you find the next highlight: the Church of St George erected in the 4th century.
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Frescoes dating from the 10th century inside the church.
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After eating dinner we climbed the hill past the parliament.
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Czar Samuil had lived in the 10th-11th centuries.
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Alexander-Nevski-Cathedral from the 20th century.
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However, we visited the historically more important church of St. Sofia after which the city is named (the wisdom, not an actual saint).
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The Russian Church.
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This is the modern, controversial Sofia-Statue.
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Layers of Sofia: excavations of the Roman town Serdica, the 16th century mosque in the background.
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The central mineral spa with park behind the mosque.
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Synagogue and mosque in one picture.
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We have returned to the standard gauge line where T6B5B units from 1988 were operating.
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An ex-Bonn GT6 built in 1959 from the other direction.
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1009 mm - standard gauge crossing in front of the market halls.
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The evening light was perfect for impressions from Lions' Bridge.
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We are going local! Then we turned in early.
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August 11 2015

During sunrise we pulled our luggage to the central bus station.
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Our vehicle from operator Matpu for the next 4 hours - sadly no daytime trains were operating between Sofia and Nis that year - now one international service has been reintroduced.
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We followed the electrified line Sofia - Dimitrovgrad but did not see any trains up to the Serbian border. Border procedures took about half an hour, then we continued through the centre of Dimitrovgrad.
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Let's see if we will have more luck spotting trains next time... :0)
 




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