Watch the Changing of the Guard in Sofia, Bulgaria (VIDEO)

Watch the Changing of the Guard in Sofia, Bulgaria (VIDEO)

“Changing of the Guard” is a must-see attraction in many countries; Bulgaria is no exception.

MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar captures on video the natural sound of those goose-step footsteps in the hourly changing of the guard ceremony outside the Presidency of Bulgaria in its capital, Sofia.

The Bulgarian guards’ colorful 19th-century uniforms range from dark red with plumed hats and sabers to more subdued cream-colored garb, which you see here.

Guards are trained <i>not</i> to smile <br>Photo credit: Michel Behar

Guards are trained not to smile
Photo credit: Michel Behar

History Lessons Michel Behar has traveled through Bulgaria countless times, noting that it made a seamless switch from a monarchy to a satellite state of the U.S.S.R. in 1946. Later, this Balkan country smoothly transitioned to a presidential republic of the European Union.

“The style of the change of guards reminds me of Greece. Bulgaria has much in common with its friendly neighbor, Greece: both were monarchies, both are Orthodox Christian, and both kept their changing of the guard ceremonies in their capital cities, Sofia and Athens. The costumes are quite similar, too.”

– Michel Behar, MIR Tour Manager

In addition to the “Changing of the Guard” ceremony, Michel is fascinated with Sofia’s architecture and history, including its famous churches and ruins.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the world's largest Eastern Orthodox churches <br>Photo credit: David W. Allen

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria is one of the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox churches
Photo credit: David W. Allen

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Travel to Bulgaria with MIR You can view this on-the-hour ceremony on MIR’s Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses small group tour, which explores the complex history and culture of these two countries. MIR can also create a handcrafted custom, private journey of the Balkans, Romania and Bulgaria, focusing on your special interests and timeline.

(Top photo: “Changing of the Guard” ceremony at the Presidency in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar)

PUBLISHED: June 4, 2015

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