Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Sofia

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See what may be the largest collection of Orthodox icons in Europe at Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, as well as a piece of St. Alexander Nevski's rib. The second biggest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans, this church can hold 10,000 people, and its golden, neo-Byzantine domes can be seen from miles away. The cathedral's luxurious interior is decorated with Italian marble, Brazilian onyx, and alabaster. See murals, marble iconostasis, pulpit, and patriarchal throne. The temple was built in honor of the Russian Tsar Alexander II, whose army liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. The various icons are inside the crypt. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sofia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Really we have not wasted our time visiting this beautiful Cathedral with beautiful colors outside and his paintings inside which are splendid.
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  • Impressive Orthodox Church, both outside and inside. The bad thing is that they let you take pictures inside if you do not pay 10levas.
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  • I think it does not have anything special inside, but seen from outside it's a masterpiece, one of the most beautiful and iconic churches in Sofia  more »
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  • You rarely see such places in Bulgaria. Most cult places are really modest from the outside. Beautiful icons inside, and even more beautiful copulas outside. It's always great seeing in when flying in to Sofia. You know that you're home :).
  • Mitko ,a Bulgarian Citizen told the deep History of Saint Alexander Nevsky cathedral. at first glance the amazing Golden dome hits you and when you go in , the awesome part starts revealing it . The atmosphere inside was extraordinary . A Must see !
  • Nice church, free entrance. 10 Lev to take photos. Keeps the ticket out as I was stopped 4 times by 4 different men. Grumpy men too. Nice frescoes
  • Nice place and well maintained.. gives you calm and peaceful mind.
  • Nothing special. Unfriendly personel. Rude man tells me to pay 10 lev to take a picture inside. Ive seen way better churches in italy. Whate a joke this place.

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