Old Parliament House, Sofia
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Old Parliament House, Sofia
View from Tsar Osvoboditel.

The National Assembly Building is used by the Bulgarian parliament for parliamentary debates. The main building has been proclaimed a monument of culture for its historic significance. Situated in downtown Sofia, it was designed in Neo-Renaissance style by Konstantin Jovanovi?, a Serbian-Bulgarian architect who received his education in Vienna and Switzerland and whose other works include the Parliament of Serbia building. It was constructed between 1884 and 1886 by Friederich Wilhelm Gustav Liebe, a young builder from Saxony who was only 22 years old when construction began.[1] The building was originally painted in an off-white hue, but since the latter part of the 20th century has been white. [2]

In August 1990, the current national assembly building (the former party house) was set on fire by communist partisans.[3]

The building is depicted on the reverse of the Bulgarian 20 leva banknote, issued in 1999 and 2007.[4]

The Parliament House after the Allied bombing on January 10, 1944

Due to insufficient space in the main building at Parliament Square, some administrative offices of the National Assembly are now housed by the former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party, located at the Largo. There has been a proposal that the entire National Assembly be permanently moved to the Party House, with its inner courtyard being converted into an interior space for the plenary chamber.[5]

Since September 2020, it has been moved to the Party House.[6] Surprisingly, after the April 2021 Bulgarian parliamentary election, the National Assembly moved again to the old Parliament House because the new opposition led-majority (ITN, Democratic Bulgaria, ISMV) viewed the Party House building as a symbol of Bulgaria's communist past. [7]

References

  1. ^ Gervas, Stan (2004) [1991]. Five Graves in Dalwallinu. Maylands: Gervas Books. pp. 15-21. ISBN 0-646-06820-2.
  2. ^ Parliament, turn of the 19/20th century, stara-sofia.com, retrieved Oct 2013.
  3. ^ ?, (2020-08-26). "30 ? 1990-: ? , ? ?". Skafeto.com (in Bulgarian). Retrieved .
  4. ^ Bulgarian National Bank. Notes and Coins in Circulation: 20 leva (1999 issue) & 20 leva (2007 issue). - Retrieved on 26 March 2009.
  5. ^ Competition for new Plenary Hall Archived 2014-12-17 at the Wayback Machine, NI Consult, 2009. Retrieved Oct 2013.
  6. ^ "National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria - News". www.parliament.bg. Retrieved .
  7. ^ " ? ? . ? ? ". ? Z. April 13, 2021. Retrieved 2021.

Coordinates: 42°41?40?N 23°19?58?E / 42.6944°N 23.3328°E / 42.6944; 23.3328


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