Burgas City Center

Burgas doesn’t have many intriguing sights in the city center, but what it lacks in attractions it makes up for with charm.

A good place to start is on one of the two pedestrianized streets cutting through the city center. Aleksandrovska runs north from the railway station and bus terminal and Aleko Bogoridi runs east from Aleksandrovska to the Sea Garden.

Aleksandrovska is lined with shops and a few restaurants all the way to Troykata Square.

ul. "Aleksandrovska" in Burgas, Bulgaria

ul. “Aleksandrovska”

ul. "Aleksandrovska" in Burgas, Bulgaria

ul. “Aleksandrovska”

ul. "Aleksandrovska" in Burgas, Bulgaria

ul. “Aleksandrovska”

ul. "Aleksandrovska" in Burgas, Bulgaria

ul. “Aleksandrovska”

A few landmarks along Aleksandrovska include the Hotel Bulgaria, which is one of the tallest buildings in the city at 17 stories, and the Burgas Municipality. A giant compass is built into the bricks a couple blocks from Troykata Square.

Bulgaria Hotel in Burgas, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Hotel

Burgas Municipality in Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas Municipality

ul. "Aleksandrovska" in Burgas, Bulgaria

ul. “Aleksandrovska”

At the end of Aleksandrovska is Troykata Square, which has a fountain and a huge monument to the Soviet army.

Troykata Square in Burgas, Bulgaria

Troykata Square

Troykata Square in Burgas, Bulgaria

Troykata Square

Monument of the Soviet Army in Burgas, Bulgaria

Monument of the Soviet Army

Monument of the Soviet Army in Burgas, Bulgaria

Monument of the Soviet Army

Aleko Bogoridi was more pleasant to walk down in my opinion. The buildings were more colorful and it felt more inviting. There were more choices as far as food and a few museums and other attractions on or near the street.

bul. "Aleko Bogoridi" in Burgas, Bulgaria

bul. “Aleko Bogoridi”

bul. "Aleko Bogoridi" in Burgas, Bulgaria

bul. “Aleko Bogoridi”

bul. "Aleko Bogoridi" in Burgas, Bulgaria

bul. “Aleko Bogoridi”

Near the Hotel Bulgaria and the intersection at Aleksandrovska is the Surp Hach Armenian Orthodox Church, built in 1853.

Surp Hach Armenian Orthodox Church in Burgas, Bulgaria

Surp Hach Armenian Orthodox Church

Five museums are near Aleko Bogoridi, but all were closed for my visit. The official website for the city museums can be found here.

First, right on Aleko Bogoridi is the Archaeological Museum. It has a small yard outside with some historic tombstones. A block south is the Petko Zadgorski Art Gallery, which is housed in a former synagogue.

Archaeological Museum in Burgas, Bulgaria

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum in Burgas, Bulgaria

Archaeological Museum

Petko Zadgorski Art Gallery in Burgas, Bulgaria

Petko Zadgorski Art Gallery

A block north along Konstantin Fotinov is the Natural History Museum. Two blocks north on Mihail Lermontov is the Historical Museum, and another block from there is the Ethnographic Museum.

Historical Museum in Burgas, Bulgaria

Historical Museum

Ethnographic Museum in Burgas, Bulgaria

Ethnographic Museum

Finally, across from the Ethnographic Museum is the Sveti Kiril & Metody Orthodox Church. It’s the largest church in Burgas and was built between 1897 and 1907.

Sveti Kiril & Metody Church in Burgas, Bulgaria

Sveti Kiril & Metody Church

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