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Alexander Nevski Square Street Vendors, Sofia

Alexander Nevski Square Street Vendors, Sofia

What to buy here: Traditional knits and embroideries – Here are two crafts, which are about to disappear as nowadays only grannies still take the time to create themselves a napkin for their beloved nephew or a handkerchief for their niece. If you do not have the basic knowledge how to crochet-knit or stitch then you have few possibilities: find a granny who is willing to teach you, look for an appropriate book, look up the information on internet or (and this is your last possibility) just buy a crochet hook knitted piece or a fabulous embroidery.

In the very city center of Sofia, just next to the biggest Cathedral you will find many old women sitting there and knitting and embroidering all day. You won't see however fashion skirts or pullovers, but all kinds of blankets, tablecloths, traditional napkins, handkerchiefs many of them decorated with the “Bulgarian style embroidery with lace” with red or green yarns. Many of the ornaments are similar to those of other Slavonic people – geometrical, floral and animal ornaments, straight or undulating lines, knitted or sewed on white cotton or hemp canvas or silk canvases. Threads and stitches also differ depending on the item created, common being cotton, silk and even yarns with gold or silver fibers. Rest assured that regardless of the item you purchase, the chances are really high that your acquisition is something truly unique and unrepeatable. Few have been the cases when two blankets were completely similar. The most common color used for knitting and embroidering is red, largely regarded in Bulgaria as a symbol of good health and well-being. Best place for buying embroideries and different kinds of knits is the square in front of the Cathedral. These grannies sell only handmade stuff. They are very polite and often give a good price after a short negotiation especially if you are the first client for the day.

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Sight Name: Alexander Nevski Square Street Vendors
Sight Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Sight Type: Shopping
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Create Your Own Walk in Sofia

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Famous Museums and Galleries Walk in Sofia

Famous Museums and Galleries Walk in Sofia

Sofia boasts a number of great museums that reflect Bulgaria's history, its cultural heritage and the way of life in the country. Take this walking tour to get a keen insight into Bulgarian history.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Sofia Landmarks Walking Tour

Sofia Landmarks Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Yellow Paves Walking Tour in Sofia

Yellow Paves Walking Tour in Sofia

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Religious Buildings Walking Tour in Sofia

Religious Buildings Walking Tour in Sofia

A predominantly Orthodox Christian city, Sofia has plenty of great churches and cathedrals from this tradition. But as well as Orthodox religious buildings, the city also has mosques and temples from other faiths. Take our tour to get a sense of the spiritual life of Bulgaria's capital.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Borisova Gardina is the oldest and most famous park in Sofia. Established in 1884, the park was named after Bulgarian Tsar Boris III. Take our tour to explore the sights within the garden and find out more about this top Bulgarian landmark.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Levski Boulevard Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles

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