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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  • How do you not going to visit this fantastic Temple Orthodox if you visit Sofia? The only problem that can't take pictures from inside and is a bit dark
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  • Sofia offers a huge choice for visiting, but this Orthodox Church is beautiful and worth a trip: not to be missed. I always think that certain works are not described because you may always punctually to diminish their beauty. Go to Sofia (because the trip is relatively cheap) and don't miss visiting this Cathedral!
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  • It is the most important Church of the city. The architecture and the square that surrounds it are spectacular. Inside, it is difficult to appreciate most of the frescoes from their walls, because they are very deteriorated. You have to pay 10 cam to take pictures inside.
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  • I've visited the Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky a bunch of times. Yet, every single time is completely different. As soon as I step foot inside the church I get mesmerized by its magnitude. The view of such a beauty is really soothing without a doubt. The paintings on the walls, the lit candles, the echo thar your feet make as you walk across the middle of the building. Unfortunately I was unable to capture some photographs of the inside of the cathedral. There's even a small room after the main entrance that sell coins and miscellaneous memorabilia, souvenirs etc. If you ever visit Sofia, make sure that no matter what, you get to visit this gem of a cathedral..!
  • Obviously, this place is a must visit if you are in Sofia. Close to the others historical building and large park with monuments. The location is easily accessible by metro from the airport. The church shape is curiosly wonderful. And the color also splendid. Be careful if you cross the street around the church, sometimes the cars don't slowing their speed, so just pay attention, especially if you want to cross with children.
  • The gallery of religious art in the crypt downstairs was really interesting. I didn't think I would like it so much but was very impressed. Some fragments of paintings were displayed along with a video explaining the restoration process which was fascinating. Entrance fee is 2 leva.
  • The beautiful symbol of Sofia. Its amazing structure makes it hard to grasp as it looks different from every angle. Breathtaking inside and out. You can grab city sightseeing buses from here.
  • The crypt exhibition (located down stairs through a door to the left of the main doors) of religious painting and relics is VERY cool. Only 2 leva entrance, but so much art, English signage, a video in English about the preservation process and some incredible images.
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