Statue of Sveta Sofia

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Statue of Sveta Sofia
Статуя на Света София
Sofia statue, Sofia (P1070773).jpg
LocationSt Nedelya Square
Sofia, Bulgaria
Coordinates42°41′52.0434″N 23°19′17.2884″E / 42.697789833°N 23.321469000°E / 42.697789833; 23.321469000Coordinates: 42°41′52.0434″N 23°19′17.2884″E / 42.697789833°N 23.321469000°E / 42.697789833; 23.321469000
  • 26 feet 3 inches (8 meters)
  • Ground to crown: 72 feet 3 inches (22 meters)
SculptorGeorgi Chapkanov
Governing bodySofia Municipality

The Statue of Sveta Sofia (English: The Statue of Holy Sophia; Bulgarian: Статуя на Света София; Transliteration: Statuya na Sveta Sofiya) is a monumental sculpture in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The statue, erected in 2000, stands in a spot once occupied by a statue of Lenin.[1]

Sophia was considered too erotic and pagan to be referred to as a saint. 24 feet in height, the copper and bronze statue by the sculptor Georgi Chapkanov, stands on a 48 feet high pedestal. Adorned with the symbols of power (crown), fame (wreath) and wisdom (owl), the crown is also a reference to the Goddess of Fate, Tyche, inspired by the old emblem of Sofia dating back to 1900.[2]


  1. ^ Jonathan Bousfield, Matthew Willis (Jun 1, 2011). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Bulgaria: Bulgaria. Penguin. p. 64. ISBN 9780756684822. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sophia | Sightseeing in Sofia | Sofia".