THE WORD SOPHIA, WHICH WE ARE FAMILIAR FROM THE HAGIA SOPHIA, MEANS WISDOM. THE STATUE OF ST. SOPHIA POSSESSES ELEMENTS TO SUPPORT THIS WISDOM.
Even though the 22 meters high St. Sophia Statue that gives Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, its name is still very new, it has become the symbol of the city. The statue that was made in 2000 by the sculptor named Georgi Chapkanov was erected in 2001 after the removal of Lenin Statue, which was previously located at the square.
The word Sophia, which we are familiar from the Hagia Sophia, means wisdom. The statue of St. Sophia possesses elements to support this wisdom. When you look at the statue, you will notice that it holds an owl in its left hand, the symbol of wisdom, and a laurel crown, the symbol of victory used especially by the Greeks and Romans, in its right hand. In addition, the statue symbolizes power and fate.
The statue that greets you when you start walking from the St. Nicholas church, also known as the Russian church, is located in a square to where the old city’s streets that are ornamented with charming buildings lead. The statue is also known as the reflection of beauty and has evident facial features.
The argument which hasn’t ended for 15 years
The argument about the indecent clothing of the statue, which attracts attention of the conservative side of the populace, has been going on for 15 years. Yet, the Bulgarians belief in St. Sophia being the protector of the city continues.
September 17 is celebrated every year since the time of St. Sophia and her daughters Vyara, Nadejda and Lyubov as the day of hope, fate, love, and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.