Statue of Sveta Sofia

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Statue of Sofia
Статуя на 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
  • Statue itself: 8.08 meters (26 feet 6 inches)[1]
  • Dark granite pylon: 16 meters (52 feet 5.9 inches)
  • Ground to crown: 24 meters (79 feet)[2]
SculptorGeorgi Chapkanov
Governing bodySofia Municipality

The Statue of Sofia (Bulgarian: Статуя на София, romanizedStatuya na Sofiya) is a monumental sculpture in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The statue, erected in 2000, stands in a spot once occupied by a statue of Lenin.[3]

Sophia was considered too erotic and pagan to be referred to as a saint and the statue is still highly controversial. 8.08 meters (26 feet 6 inches) in height, the copper and bronze statue by the sculptor Georgi Chapkanov, stands on a 16 meters (52 feet 5.9 inches) 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.[4]


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