Sofia celebrates its holiday richer and more attractive

Sunday, 17 September 2017

On September 17, when the Christian world commemorates the holy martyrs Faith, Hope and Love and their mother Sophia, the Bulgarian capital celebrates its own holiday. At 11:30 in front of Saint Sophia Basilica an official ceremony of raising the flag of Sofia as well as an Orthodox ceremony will be held. At 18:30 an awards ceremony for outstanding achievements in the field of culture will be held in Sofia National Opera and Ballet. There will be concerts and festivals throughout the whole month. Some of them are extremely colorful like the Pink Tomato Festival on September 16 but undoubtedly the most important event in the cultural calendar of Europe and of the Bulgarian capital will be the European Heritage Days in Sofia – 2017 from September 16 to September 18, 2017. Every year in September, the countries in Europe open the doors of their more or less familiar cultural landmarks by organizing different campaigns to promote the cultural heritage and search for its place in the contemporary world. Sofia is part of this cultural event that attracts millions of visitors towards the rich cultural heritage of the continent. Only a few month before the the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU Sofia will present museums and galleries among which is the house-museum of the famous Bulgarian opera singer and one of the greatest basses - Boris Christoff. The newest archeological studies of the cultural heritage under St Nedelya Square in the center of Sofia are another reason to visit Sofia in September. At the end of the month, in specific places around the archeological site will be placed transparent panels so as to see the activities taking place inside it, as well as panels with photos and information about different sites in Sofia.

What is the story behind the archeological findings will be clear at the end of October but it is known that under the square of present-day Sofia was situated the Roman Forum of ancient Serdica where there was a huge building with many rooms, including a large hall with columns, shops, pubs and restaurants. The work on the site has mobilized the scientific potential of Sofia - scientists from the National Archaeological Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as well as from Sofia History Museum. They revealed that the building was used for a long time and some reconstructions were made. Coins and ceramics, including amphorae for wine or olive oil, have been found. The shops and pubs could be entered from the main street. An exquisite bronze figure of a snake, probably part of the Statue of Asclepius, is among the most interesting finds.

According to one of the hypothesis, the hall in the complex was the workplace of the governor of Serdica. Sofia continues to surprise scientists, archeologists and its guests as it becomes more and more charming.