I've heard many times that when Bulgaria became independent country in 1878, all the town was rebuilded from scratch. After the Russo-Turkish War, architects from Austria–Hungary were invited to shape the new architectural appearance of Sofia, which was chosen to be a new capitol. But what intrigues me is that people with who I've talked about it claim it was completely demolished by Bulgarians after the liberation, not during any battles. The reason provided to me by tourist guides was that Bulgarians wanted to make a modern town their own way, without Turkish influence like it was previously. I know that Turkish mosques were demolished by Russian engeeners, yet sources I've found don't speak about secular buildings. According to Bulgarian wikipedia, ( http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/София ), Bulgarian and Jews together were around 90% of town citizens before the war, so that explanation sounds unsatisfactory for me, as even without Turkish districts, still it should be full of Bulgarian habitants. This way it's hard to believe for me that Sofia was completely demolished just to rebuild it in a new way.
Why, when and by who Sofia was actually destroyed? Do you know about any other towns where such situation occur, especially in the western culture?