Sofia's Historic Central Market Hall Reopens as Marketplace and Art Venue


After a year-long renovation, Sofia's iconic Central Market Hall (Tsentralni Hali) will reopen on May 23rd as a vibrant marketplace and cultural hub. The landmark building, first unveiled in 1911 with a Neo-Byzantine and Secession-style facade, has been meticulously restored by new owner Kaufland Bulgaria.

© Evgeni Dimitrov, Bulphoto

The basement level will house an art stage and children's bookshop amid Roman archaeological ruins dating back to the 3rd-4th centuries AD. This unique space will host free cultural events, artistic performances, and educational projects nearly every day starting in June.

A public council including museum directors, journalists, and cultural figures will curate the programming. Artists and event organizers are invited to submit proposals for using the 70-seat auditorium and facilities free of charge.

"This is a win-win partnership between business and cultural values," said architect Prof. Yordanka Kandilkova. "Embracing cultural assets makes this marketplace unique and identifiable."

In addition to the performance space, visitors can explore exhibits showcasing the building's Roman heritage with help from the Archaeological Museum. With its blend of shopping, dining, art, and history, the revitalized Central Market Hall promises an immersive experience for tourists in Sofia.

© Alexander Savov, Bulphoto
© Alexander Savov, Bulphoto
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