Graf Ignatiev Street

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Graf Ignatiev Street
Ул. Граф Игнатиев, София.JPG
Length1.1 km (0.7 mi)
Coordinates42°41′29.99″N 23°19′29.01″E / 42.6916639°N 23.3247250°E / 42.6916639; 23.3247250
West endAlabin Street
Vasil Levski Boulevard, Georgi Rakovski Street
East endEvlogi Georgiev Boulevard

Graf Ignatiev Street (Bulgarian: Улица Граф Игнатиев), colloquially called Grafa (meaning The Count) is a popular central street in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It was named after the Russian statesman and diplomat Count Nicholas Pavlovich Ignatiev. The street lies in the city centre between Evlogi Georgiev Boulevard, after which it is called Dragan Tsankov Boulevard, to the east and Alabin Street near the Vitosha Boulevard to the west. It is crossed by major roads such as Vasil Levski Boulevard and Georgi Rakovski Street. Several of the landmarks of Sofia are located along the street such as the Patriarch Evtimiy Square, Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, Slaveykov Square and Garibaldi Square. Several tram lines are running along the street. On 26 April 2007 the Council of the Capital Municipality took the decision to make Graf Ignatiev a pedestrian street.[1]