All colours and scents in Sofia walking tour
Sofia Market Hall became one of the hot point of Sofia walking tour. It dates back to 1911 and is one of the biggest and oldest commercial centres of Sofia. It was built in Renaissance style and also Greek and Byzantium influence can be seen. Architect was Naum Torbov, who selected the blood red lacquered tiles for his building to have elements from the Byzantine architecture.
Although the construction started in 1909 by the decision of the metropolitan Municipality, the area had always been a commercial centre since medieval times. Since medieval times weekly markets had been performed around each monastery. It was one of the main income of the monasteries.
These market places were called “charshiya”. The land on which Sofia Market Hall is located today was the charshiya of the monastery of St. John of Rila. For this reason, the terrain where today the Central Market Hall, also known as Tsentarlni Sofiyski Hali, is situated had been a trading venue for centuries to the monastery of St. John of Rila.
Visiting unique architecture, a symbol of old Sofia in Sofia Walking Tour
Beginning of the 20th century, to put it more in order, the Sofia Market Hall was built. It was built to sell dairy products, fish etc.
Still it is one of the main tourist places that we will visit in Sofia walking tour. You can enjoy an old shopping complex which was originally built with four entrances. But now only three are being used by the public.
While entering the mall from the main entrance one can see the relief of the coat of arms of Sofia above. It designed by the artist Haralampi Tachev. Over that famous small clock tower with three dials can been seen.
The Market Hall was closed for restoration in 1988. Due to the political changes and also changes in the country’s system, it carried on and off for some time. Eventually, an Israeli company invested $ 7 million. Being next to the Central Synagogue the Market got their attention. Now the company have 75 % of the Market Hall. And also on the ground floor of the Market Hall we can see a fountain shaped like the Star of David. Since the Easter in the year 2000, It was open again.
Today Sofia Market Hall has 169 stores and 1,000 employees. On the ground floor, there are stalls selling foodstuff like bread and pastries, olives, nuts and sweets and rose oil products, souvenirs, etc.
Upper level the shops are selling clothing, accessories and jewellery. Basement floor are archaeological remains from the Roman times, of the old city of Serdica preserved and exposed.
Sofia walking tour likes to take you there, to Tsentralni Sofiyski Hali, to experience the different colours and scents and may be make a good bargain.
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