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Red Star Sofia

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Whatever happened to the massive five-pointed red star that for many years topped the communist party headquarters in Sofia? For years, it was hidden away in a cellar, but now it greets visitors to a new museum of socialist art in the Bulgarian capital.

A new museum of socialist art is among the top tourist attractions in Sofia this autumn. The National Art Gallery is an established Bulgarian institution. Indeed, it occupies very grand premises in the former royal palace in the centre of Sofia. But in late September the gallery opened an annexe devoted to art of the period when Bulgaria was under communist rule: 1944 to 1989.

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