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Sofia: Gradinkata zad Dvoreca

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Momchil Yordanon Slavov:

"I am from Sofia but I don't live in the centre right now, however I would like to move again to the centre as soon as possible. This is one of the oldest gardens in Sofia and it is situated behind the fromer king's palace, today this is the national art gallery. Therefore, in former times this was not a public garden but reserved for the royal family.

I like that this garden in situated in the centre of the city but at the same time it is very calm and silent, you can talk to people in a relaxed atmosphere. When I was a child I was always impressed by the height and the age of the trees. I have changed but the trees have remainded the same. Another aspect is that this is a garden where you can feel something like an ancient Bulgarian spirit, you can not find this anywhere, it is specific of this place. I was some 150 years ago when Bulgaria became independent form the ottoman empire, that was the start of the independent existence of this country and that was also the time when this park was opened to the public.

I feel specifically related to some very old trees, Platanus tress, which can be found over there at the other side, these are the oldest trees here. I come here very often, almost every day, and we deliberately pass through this garden...."

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