Oborishte, Sofia

Coordinates: 42°41′47″N 23°20′27″E / 42.69639°N 23.34083°E / 42.69639; 23.34083
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42°41′47″N 23°20′27″E / 42.69639°N 23.34083°E / 42.69639; 23.34083Oborishte (Bulgarian: Оборище [oˈbɔriʃtɛ]) is an urban district[1] located in the centre of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. As of 2006 the population is 36,000. It has an area of 3.07 km², of which streets and squares encompass 59 ha, parks and gardens 47 ha, schools and kindergartens 9 ha, hospitals and polyclinics 5 ha, embassies 1.5 ha, theatres 1 ha, petrol stations and parkings 2.5 ha, churches 1 ha, administrative buildings 16 ha and residential areas 164 ha.

A large part of the population is engaged in government and administration. There are several ministries and other important institutions including the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Regional and Public Development, the Ministry of Education, the Social Ministry, the Energetics Committee, the Capital Municipality, the Parliament building, the State Archive Bureau and many embassies and others.

Three institutions for higher education are located in the district: the National Academy of Arts, the State Academy of Music and the Military Academy Georgi Sava Rakovski. There are 12 schools, 6 kindergartens and 3 chitalishta.


St Alexander Nevsky is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world
The rector's house of the National Academy of Arts
The National Gallery for Foreign Arts (former Royal Printing Office)

The municipal area occupies the eastern part of the City centre including some parts of ancient Serdica. Many cultural institutions and monuments of national importance are located in Oborishte including 15 monuments (Monument to Vasil Levski, Monument to the Unknown Soldier, Monuments to SS Cyril and Methodius, Doctors, Aleksandar Stamboliyski, Ivan Vazov and others), 40 memorial plates, 211 Monuments of Culture and 9 churches.

Cultural Institutions:

Churches include:

The Holy Synod and the Apostolic Nunciature are also located here.


  1. ^ "District Mayors". Sofia Municipality. Archived from the original on December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-26.