Sofia Airport Car Rental
Sofia Airport is very close to the city, just 6 km of distance, and is the main one in the country.
It has two terminals, the first of which dates back to 1937, whereas the second one is much more recent, being been opened to public in 2006. Moreover, terminal 1 has undergone a restoration at the end of the last century and was reopened in 2000.
This airport, besides being the base for the flights of the national Bulgarian airlines, is used also by other national airlines, to which terminal 2 is dedicated, whereas terminal 1 is reserved for the low-cost flights, very frequent to this city from many airports all over Europe.
Once landed at Sofia Airport, you can pick your rental car up, booked thanks to the service offered by RentalUp, to get to Sofia city centre and set off to discover the city, just 10-15 minutes away from the airport based on the traffic.
Sofia: points of interest
In the Bulgarian capital city there are many points of interest and, thanks to the car rental at Sofia Airport, you can start from the numerous churches such as the Cathedral Aleksandr Nevskij, which, besides being the most important one from the religious point of view, is also one of the symbols of the city.
Lightened also by night, the cathedral is dedicated to a Russian hero, Nevskij, in memory of the intervention made by the Russians to help the city which was fighting against the Turks. Built in neo-byzantine style, its construction started in 1898 and was completed in in 1912; currently, it is the second biggest orthodox church in the world, after the Cathedral of Belgrade.
About the exterior, its green and golden domes are particularly eye-catching, whereas the interior is divided into 5 aisles with a total capacity up to 6 thousand faithful and the central dome has a width of 50 meters. On the walls you can find numerous icons, while other works are in marble and alabaster.
The bell tower, with 12 bells, ringing every day at 5:00 p.m., and the crypt, with many icons and other religious works, are noteworthy too.
In the same square of the Cathedral, right in front of it, there is the most ancient church of the capital, dedicated to Saint Sofia, whose construction dates back to the IV century in the place where there were, formerly, other churches and a necropolis.
This church, during the period of the Turkish domination of the city, was turned into a mosque and, later, was struck by two large-scale earthquakes, in 1818 and in 1858, which caused serious damages. The final restoration was completed in 1998 when the church was reopened for worship.
Its crypt is very important: within it some transparent plates are arranged, which allow the visitors to walk on the remains of the ancient necropolis. A curiosity: this church has no bell tower.
Thanks to the car rental at Sofia Airport, you can visit all the attractions of the city, among which civil monuments, such as the palace hosting the Parliament, the Monument to the Soviet Army, realized in 1954, of great size and dedicated to the liberating army, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and the monument dedicated to Vasil Levski, a giant obelisk in the middle of the homonymous square.
Settled in a park, there is the Battenberg Mausoleum, dedicated to the memory of Aleksandr I of Bulgaria, who died in exile. Its interior walls were frescoed by Haralampi Tachev.
Sofia: art and culture
Thanks to the car rental service at Sofia Airport, you will able to visit an important artistic attraction in the city, the Art Gallery 500: it hosts a series of works, collected in 2005, coming from two different galleries, the National Gallery and the National Gallery for Foreign Art.
The works were realized both by foreign artists, with a particular attention to Japan, India and African countries, and local artists. The name with which the local inhabitants call it, “Louvre of Bulgaria” is perhaps emphatic, but some pieces of contemporary art are really worthy.
Arrived in Sofia, taking advantage of the car rental service at Sofia Airport, you can get to the National Archaeological Museum, housed in a building which formerly was the biggest mosque in the capital, then a hospital and then the Post Office Building.
Within it you can find many objects witnessing the culture and the history of the country, such as the Vulchitrun Treasure, casually found by two brothers who were playing in a vineyard. This treasure consists of 13 golden objects, for a total of about 13 kg, dating to the Late Bronze Age, among which jugs, dishes and a pot.
Another treasure, that of Lukovit consisting of pieces of the grave goods of the Thracian king Svet III, was found in the location after which it was named; in this museum there is also the noteworthy statue called “the Madara Horseman”, which recalls a bas-relief caved into the rock at a height of 23 meters.