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Vasil Levski Monument, Sofia

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Vasil Levski National Stadium, named after Bulgarian national hero and revolutionary Vasil Levski, is the country's second largest stadium. The stadium has 43,230 seats and is located in the centre of Sofia, on the territory of the city's oldest and most famous park - the Borisova gradina. The Bulgaria national football team's home matches and the Bulgarian Cup finals are held at the venue, as well as athletics competitions. It was used as the home venue for Levski Sofia's Champions League games, and is often used for important derbies between the big clubs from Sofia, instead of their own home stadiums.HistoryVasil Levski National Stadium was officially opened in 1953, extended in 1966 and renovated in 2002.Prior to their demolition by the Communist authorities during the 1940s and 50s, two other stadiums stood on the ground where the current national stadium lies. One of those was Levski Sofia's club stadium, called Levski Field (Bulgarian: Igrishte Levski, completed 1934), and the other - the Yunak Stadium (built 1928), which lay partially to the southwest. The latter used to host national football team matches with its capacity of about 15,000 seats. Levski were compensated for their loss with a place in the suburbs of Sofia where they were allowed to build a new stadium - the present day Georgi Asparuhov.
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  • Vasil Levski ( 1837 - 1873 ) was an instigator in the national uprising against the Ottoman Empire ,before the phrase became popular in the 20th century he was a campaigner for human rights and...  more »
  • This is a less than impressive monument which was disappointing all round. It is the site of the public lynching/hanging of Vasil Levski, Bulgaria's revolutionary Apostle of Freedom, who plotted...  more »
  • This Monument is the most special for the Bulgarian people. It's a symbol of National values of freedom.
  • When you come close enough to read the inscription you are overwhelmed by a powerful feeling almost unbearable in its forcefulness.

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