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Christmas skating rink

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A: National Theatre Fountain

by Dimitar Torbov, 90 meters away

National Theatre Fountain

B: Alexandre I, Square, Sofia

by Rouslan Semerdjiev, 90 meters away

Alexandre I, Square, Sofia

C: Polytechnic museum

by Jordan Chavdar, 90 meters away

Polytechnic museum,Sofia, Bulgaria

Polytechnic museum

D: Earth and Man

by Jordan Chavdar, 90 meters away

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E: Newyear's eve, Sofia

by Stefan Solakov, 90 meters away

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Newyear's eve, Sofia

F: New Year Concert - Sofia

by Sadullah Vatansever, 100 meters away

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G: Café ToBa&Co

by Dimitar Torbov, 120 meters away

Café ToBa&Co

H: Bulgaria, Sofia, City Park, Ivan Vazov Theatre

by Thomas Blanket, 130 meters away

Bulgaria, Sofia, City Park, Ivan Vazov Theatre

I: Concert In Sofia Art Gallery

by George Atanasov, 190 meters away

Concert In Sofia Art Gallery

J: Former Communist Party House

by Dimitar Torbov, 240 meters away

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Former Communist Party House

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