The Orthodox Bulgarian temples and monasteries, the holy places in general, are bearers of the collective memory of the society and thus form “places of memory”. They are centers of collective life with which individuals, groups identify, and which, because of the attachments and associations they give rise to, are important for ethnic identification
This article presents examples of how some оrthodox churches in Sofia preserve the collective memory and become sacred “places of memory.” They are related to the formation of local and national identity, and as such are both regional and national centers of worship. In them, the collective memory is alive to this day.
Keywords: оrthodox, temples, monasteries, collective memory, places of memory, national identity