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Eagles bridge

Attraction type: Architecture
Address: Junction of Tsarigradsko shose Blvd. and Evlogi Georgiev Blvd.

After entering Sofia from the East side by Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd (you use that boulevard also when you arrive at the airport), Eagle’s Bridge is the first crossing you have to stop at. Тhe Eagles’ Bridge [Orlov Most] is one of two symbolic entries into the old city. At the time of its building in 1891 the bridge marked the eastern border of Sofia. Now the bridge marks the beginning of the so called “perfect center”. The bridge was designed by Czech engineer Vaclav Prosek. The eagles’ figures set up on its four ends allegorize the longing for freedom, because at that place for the first time in 1888 the prisoners from Diarbekir are welcomed (in that Turkish town figures from the Bulgarian National Freedom Movement of the 19th century have been sent in exile). For this reason today Sofia’s Mayor delivers the ritual key of the city to its prominent guests and regarded personalities just on the Eagles’ Bridge. The beautiful wrought-iron ornaments and railings of the bridge are made in the famous Viennese Company of Rudolf Wagner. There are beautiful bronze bas-reliefs at the bottom end of the columns, on the top of which the proud birds are situated. You will be thoroughly inspected by 4 bronze eagles with threateningly outspread wings at the four ends of the bridge when passing by it. Those statues give the name of the bridge – Eagle’s Bridge. The bridge goes over the Perlovska River, which name is unknown for many of the locals. They use to call the ricer “the canal”. If you hear that someone will ‘pass by the canal’ that means that he will drive/ walk on the street/ sidewalk parallel to the river. Near the Eagles bridge are: Ariana Pond, Borisova garden, National Stadium, National Television Building and the Tzarevets building.

After entering Sofia from the East side by Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd (you use that boulevard also when you arrive at the airport), Eagle’s Bridge is the first crossing you have to stop at. Тhe Eagles’ Bridge [Orlov Most] is one of two symbolic entries into the old city. At the time of its building in 1891 the bridge marked the eastern border of Sofia. Now the bridge marks the beginning of the so called “perfect center”.

The bridge was designed by Czech engineer Vaclav Prosek. The eagles’ figures set up on its four ends allegorize the longing for freedom, because at that place for the first time in 1888 the prisoners from Diarbekir are welcomed (in that Turkish town figures from the Bulgarian National Freedom Movement of the 19th century have been sent in exile).

For this reason today Sofia’s Mayor delivers the ritual key of the city to its prominent guests and regarded personalities just on the Eagles’ Bridge. The beautiful wrought-iron ornaments and railings of the bridge are made in the famous Viennese Company of Rudolf Wagner.

There are beautiful bronze bas-reliefs at the bottom end of the columns, on the top of which the proud birds are situated. You will be thoroughly inspected by 4 bronze eagles with threateningly outspread wings at the four ends of the bridge when passing by it. Those statues give the name of the bridge – Eagle’s Bridge.

The bridge goes over the Perlovska River, which name is unknown for many of the locals. They use to call the ricer “the canal”. If you hear that someone will ‘pass by the canal’ that means that he will drive/ walk on the street/ sidewalk parallel to the river.

Near the Eagles bridge are: Ariana Pond, Borisova garden, National Stadium, National Television Building and the Tzarevets building.