Monument to the Soviet Army Tours

Standing in Knyazheska Garden in the center of Sofia, the Monument to the Soviet Army was built in 1954 to commemorate the liberation of Bulgaria by the Soviet Army. The monument itself portrays a Soviet Army soldier holding a gun above his head, standing between a Bulgarian man and a Bulgarian woman holding a child. Several hundred feet away from the monument are additional sculptures depicting battle scenes, one of which has become a focal point for vandals who have painted it in protest on several occasions, including the anniversary of the Prague Spring and to show solidarity with the Ukrainian revolution.

The monument and surrounding park are also popular with local skateboarders and a skating half pipe and several quarter pipe ramps can be found around the monument. In recent years, the monument has become quite controversial with various groups calling for its removal.

Practical Info

Knyazheska Garden is located near Orlov Most and Sofia University. To get there, take any bus or trolley to Orlov Most, which is a bridge dividing Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard to the north and Tsarigradsko Shossky to the south. The garden and monument are just north of Orlov Most on the left.
Address: Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Communist Sofia Walking Tour

History buffs and anyone with an interest in the Communist era will love this informative walking tour, led by a historian guide. Learn about everyday life for Bulgarians during the Communist period as you tour the city’s key Communist sites. See the Soviet Army Monument, the National Palace of Culture Congress Center, and the Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum, and shop for relics at the Flea Market.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours

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