Laid out in the 1950s to demonstrate the power of Communist rule, the Largo is an elongated plaza flanked on three sides by severe monumental edifices built in Soviet Classicist style. They include the towering monolith of the former Party House, originally the home of the Communist hierarchy, and now serving as government offices. The plaza extends westwards to the Sofia Monument, the city’s symbol which represents the eponymous Goddess of Wisdom. On the northern side of the Largo is the Council of Ministers, Bulgaria’s cabinet offices.
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