When you are in the City Garden (check the City Garden article) do not miss taking a look at the yellow building located on the right when you are facing the National Theatre.
This building was erected in 1914 as the first skyscraper in Sofia and is one of the architectural emblems of the city. The curious thing is that it remained untouched by fire or by heavy bombardments during WW II.
The 7-floored neo-Baroque building was created by the Bulgarian architecture Nikola Lazarov in a Viennese style with rich decorations and facade – unique appearance for Sofia back in the days before the First World War. It was that war that prevented the construction of a second dome on the high roof.
The building was constructed for a bank and till the ’30s of the last century it was the highest in Sofia. After WWII this architectural masterpiece was reconstructed by the military people and lost its glory and uniqueness.
During the ’60s the building was known for its famous café “Bambuka” – a place for artists, poets and bohemians of Sofia.
Today the building has been returned to its heirs and they were able to fully restore it. In 1994 it was given cultural monument status – a guarantee for its protection for the future.