The locals know this place as Popa which means The Priest. It’s a small square locked between the central streets of Vassil Levski Blvd, Graf Ignatiev Str. and Patriarch Evtimii Blvd. And that is the most popular meeting place in Sofia.
The square carries the name of the last patriarch of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Patriarch Evtimii. There is also a statue of Patriarch Evtimii which often remains unnoticed among the so many people that crowd it in the evenings.
The location is very lively and busy. You can always see someone waiting. That is why there are so many public phones, too. Lovers, friends, and business partners they all take off and find their way from one and the same spot. So I can freely call it an egalitarian spot.
The very interesting thing about Popa (the Priest) is that is not exactly a hanging-around spot, no matter that you can often enough see youngsters sitting at the feet of the monument drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Who and when called it „Popa“ is unclear but the appellation obviously endured.
The place in itself is a tram stop and behind the statue of Patriarch Evtimii there is a small garden, up the stairs near the always grubby tap and the always broken benches. Unfortunately, the ruined small garden is not thawing with the years; it stands like the shadow of the well-lit meeting spot swarming with well-dressed youngsters.