Monday, 21 August 2017



Sofia’s Yellow Pavement Declared National Heritage



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24 February 2014 | The yellow bricks, which cover several main streets and squares of Sofia, were declared national heritage. The unanimous decision of Sofia municipal council ensures that any possible renovation in the area must be followed by a meticulous restoration of the pavement.

A prominent symbol of Sofia, the yellow bricks cover the ground around the national parliament, national theater, national fine arts gallery, which was once a king’s palace, Alexander Nevski cathedral and other signature buildings of the capital. They were laid in 1907-1908, but the history of their arrival in Sofia remains unclear. One of the popular legends, recently denounced by historians, was that the bricks were given as a wedding gift to the monarch Ferdinand I.

The pavement, which to many Bulgarians bears the same connotation like the yellow brick road in Elton John’s song: the luxurious exclusivity of city life, has entered the language and is often used in the expression “to have been born/grown up on the yellow pavement”. Unfortunately to Sofia’s citizens, the bricks, even if extraordinarily durable and atmospheric, are quite far from modern road surface standards. Under rain or snow their slipperiness causes numerous traffic jams and casualties.

The yellow bricks, which will be photographed one by one and restored in the coming months, were produced in Hungary. They are made of crushed, processed and baked limestone, called mergel.

 

 

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