The Garrison Shooting Range in Sofia holds a significant place in the city’s history. Initially part of the Sofia Barracks and serving the capital’s garrison, these buildings were constructed in the early 1930s. They were utilized for various military purposes until 1969, serving different divisions and shooting clubs within the capital garrison.
In 2003, a part of these historical structures underwent restoration, transforming into the “Museum of Political and National Reconciliation.” This museum pays tribute to victims of political violence in Bulgaria, notably commemorating the tragic fate of poet Nikola Vaptsarov and other anti-fascists. Vaptsarov and eleven others were executed on July 23, 1942, on this very site. Among the restored areas is one of the original shooting ranges, preserving the somber history of these events.
Recognizing its historical significance, the Garrison Shooting Range was designated a cultural monument of national importance in 2004. This acknowledgment reinforces its role as a site of remembrance, preserving the memory of those who lost their lives due to political persecution and violence.
Monday – Friday:
10:00 – 17:00