Whether you are moving from the UK to Bulgaria with your job, or to start a new life there with your family, in Greens you have a removals company who will transport your belongings with the utmost care. Established in 1970, we have been in the removals business for over 40 years and in that time, have built up an enviable reputation as one of the country's leading removals firms - but don't just take our word for it, judge us by our certification!
We are members of The British Association of Removers (BAR) specialist overseas division and we are the only company in East Anglia, and one of just a few in the whole of the UK, to have been awarded all three of the British and European Quality Removals Service Standards. These official accreditations mean that throughout the removals process, you can be assured of the very highest levels of service and customer care.
Removals to Sofia, Bulgaria: Living in the Capital
Life is good in the Bulgarian Capital. Around 2 million people are lucky enough to call the city of Sofia their home, which makes it large enough to be exciting but not so densely populated as to be overwhelming. One of the first things to strike you as you walk around the place is just how clean it is in comparison to some eastern European cities and how pretty. In summer, the city's open spaces seem festooned with flowers…and litter? Well, there isn't any.
In town the story's a little different. The streets are busy with traffic and there's precious little in the way of parking, so you'll see plenty of innovation when it comes to people abandoning their vehicles, but then that's the same in most capital cities. What's different here is the mix of roads and people, and cars and pavement. Those words have been deliberately misplaced. Shared space is the order of the day and most of time, the system works well. The best advice would be to never assume you have the right of way, whether you are driving or on foot; and don't be offended if someone has left their car and blocked a pathway - it happens, a lot.
For all its traffic and the occasional donkey cart, Sofia's café culture is alive and well. And, come summer, the coffee bars and restaurants spill out onto streets attracting hoards of visitors, and a healthy number of hungry cats and dogs too. The strays, if that's what they are, are for the most part, reasonably well mannered and will leave you alone if encouraged to do so.
Moving to Sofia, Bulgaria: Places to Visit
Bulgaria's capital city is bursting with wonderful architecture which spans the ages. Here are just a few of the sights to look out for:
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
With its impressive gold plated dome, this is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. It was built in the early 20th century to commemorate the 200,000 soldiers, who lost their lives in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878. As one of the city's primary tourist attractions, it is to Sofia what Sagrada Família is to Barcelona.
National Palace of Culture (NDK)
The hexagonal National Palace of Culture, or NDK as its known, is primarily a concert hall but it is used for a variety of other purposes including exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences and shows. This huge concrete and glass structure was erected in 1981 to celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the Bulgarian state.
Central Military Club
Approached via the yellow pavement of Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, and sitting immediately opposite an area known as the Crystal Garden, the Central Military Club once held receptions and balls for the capital's military elite. Sumptuously decorated in Italian silk, marble and bronze, it's now a venue for business and social events, concerts, conferences and literary presentations.
Situated in "The Square of Tolerance", just 60 metres from the Banya Bashi Mosque and not far from St Joseph's catholic cathedral and the St. Nedelya orthodox church, the Synagogue is the second largest of its kind in Europe. Partially destroyed by bombing in 1944, it is now fully restored and features a small museum on the second floor.
Banya Bashi Mosque
Banya Bashi is the only mosque left in Sofia. Here you'll see (and hear) the muezzin call the worshippers to prayer, 5 times a day, every day, with a loudspeaker on the minaret. The mosque can accommodate up to 700 worshippers but this number is often swelled on a Friday as the full service is broadcast to the masses assembled outside.
Sveta Nedelya Orthodox Church
The Sveta Nedelya is an eastern orthodox cathedral built in the 19th century. It was damaged by a bomb in 1925 but has since been restored and is now in regular use, with locals and tourists alike lighting candles. The Cathedral gets particularly busy for Mass and is often used for weddings. There is a small shop selling icons and postcards.
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Just 300 meters away from the centre of Sofia, this Roman Catholic cathedral was rebuilt between 2002 and 2006, having been the victim of Allied bombing raids during World War II. Pope John Paul II himself laid the initial foundation stone for the building which seats 350. With 4 electronically operated bells in the belfry, the chimes are tuneful and never out of sync.
The Yablansky House
If ever there was a house you'd want to own, it would be this one. We know that likes and dislikes vary tremendously (what's good for the goose etcetera), but this house is truly amazing to behold and rightly features on any list of must-sees in Sophia. Take a look for yourselves, you'll find it at 18 Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard in the city centre.
National Assembly of Bulgaria
Built between 1884 and 1886 in the Neo-Renaissance style, the National Assembly building is the home of the Bulgarian Parliament. As one of the country's most important buildings, it is featured on the back of the Bulgarian 20 Lev banknote, issued in 1999 and 2007. At time of writing, 20 Lev is approximately £8.28
UK based Greens removals specialise in overseas moves, including removals to The Balkan States of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and of course Bulgaria.
We regularly operate removals to all parts of Europe's south-eastern peninsular and specialise in removals to Bulgaria, so whether it's the beaches and night-life of Verna that attract you or the slower, more leisurely pace of life on offer in one of the country's picturesque villages, Greens Removals can help.
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