- Vitosha Boulevard
Vitosha Boulevard ( _bg. булевард „Витоша“, often called just _bg. „Витошка“, Vitoshka) is the main commercial street in the centre of
Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, which is abundant in many posh stores, restaurants and bars. It extends from the Southern Park to the St NedelyaSquare. Many high-end fasion labels have outlets on Vitosha boulevard and the neighbouring streets: Versace, Escada, Bulgari, D&G, La Perla, Lacoste, Van Laak, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tru Trussardi, Moreschi, Marella, Max Mara, Gianfranco Ferre, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss, Baldinini. Among the notable buildings, located on the boulevard are: The National Palace of Culture, The Palace of the Courts, the house where the famous Bulgarian poet Peyo Yavorovlived and died. The corner of Vitosha and Patriarch Eftimii boulevards, so called the Pharmacy (Аптека), is a popular place for meetings.
The boulevard is named after
Vitosha, the mountain just next to Sofia. It was an unadjusted street during the Ottoman rule of Bulgariaand acquired the name "Vitoshka ulitsa" ("Vitosha Street") after the Liberation, in 1883. The street was initially built up with low one-storey houses, but turned into an imposing trade street in the Interwar periodas massive public buildings were constructed, changing Vitoshka's appearance completely.
According to a
2007 Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.study, Vitosha Boulevard is the world's 32nd most expensive trade street. [http://www.cushwakeasia.com/aboutus/pdf/news/gcpre2005.pdf] [http://www.europe-re.com/system/main.php?pageid=1393&articleid=5903&objectid=10019] [http://www.segabg.com/online/article.asp?issueid=283§ionid=1&id=00003] [http://www.dnes.bg/article.php?cat=1&id=15108]
In May 2007, it was announced that the boulevard will be redesigned in the
retrostyle of 1930s Sofia. Old-fashioned benches and street lights will be added, as well as Art Nouveauround kiosks, more green areas, fountains, open-air bars and possibly a retro tram, as well as a clock tower at the St Nedelya Churchdisplaying the time in various world capitals. [http://trud.bg/Default.asp?statid=46254&rubr=0&izd=2&fsize=&swidth=800&tr=1&im=05&id=19&iy=2007]
* [http://www.pbase.com/ngruev/vitoshablvd Nikola Gruev's photo gallery of Vitosha Boulevard]
* [http://www.vitoshka.com/ A shopping guide to Vitoshka]
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