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Krasno Selo

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“Krasno Selo” is a district nestled in the southwestern part of Sofia, Bulgaria, encompassing the “Krasno selo” area within the Sofia Municipality. The neighborhood is bisected by the prominent “Tsar Boris III” Blvd. (formerly known as “Ninth of September”) running in a north-south direction, while “Gotse Delchev” Blvd. (formerly “Emil Markov”) serves as another main thoroughfare in the east-west direction.

Situated along the course of the Boyanska river, “Krasno Selo” boasts several notable landmarks including its namesake covered market, the Krasno Selo Cooperative Market, the National Intelligence Service headquarters, the Tramcar Tram Factory, and the Balkanton recording studios.

Historically, “Krasno Selo” holds a significant place, tracing back to the settlement efforts at the end of the 19th century. Initially, it was the brainchild of Dimitar N. Gergov, a survivor of the April Uprising, who settled there around 1898. The region saw a surge in population with the introduction of the tram line Sofia – Knyazevo in 1900, attracting new settlers and leading to its formal naming as “Krasno Selo” in 1903, proposed by Ivan Vazov.

During and after the Balkan War, “Krasno Selo” became a haven for hundreds of refugee families seeking shelter in larger Bulgarian cities. Its rapid urbanization and development continued until it became part of Sofia in 1951, showcasing a blend of older monolithic constructions with more contemporary structures erected post-1970s.

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