St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

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See what may be the largest collection of Orthodox icons in Europe at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, 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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  • An impressive piece of architecture of 19th century with a very rich inside decor. Open to everyone, however one should obey the religious rules as the Cathedral runs sevices.  more »
  • The golden domes shine brilliantly in the sun. Very distinctive. Ornate and serene inside. Very close to the Intercontinental hotel.  more »
  • A must see if you are in Sofia. Alexander Nevsky church is stunning outside and inside.You will admire the golden roof ( builded by Russians)and it’s beautiful icons at the huge main room. No seats...  more »
  • Amazing Cathedral! It looks different from each side. It's a must see, even tough I think you would not miss it when visiting Sofia. Remember you can also go inside where it looks indeed stunning! I would recommend visiting during warmer months.
  • I am from Sofia and this is definitely one of my favorite spots in the downtown area! The night view is outstanding! The Aleksandar Nevski Cathedral is always a good idea for a walk, night drive or just hanging around with friends! There is a subway station 2 minutes away. It is a very safe area. Sofia University is nearby.
  • Impressive! Sofia landmark! Its great to see it during the day so you can enter inside and also - to enjoy the golden top and colors. During the night it has night lights and it looks even more impressive. A lot of times if you pay attention when landing by plane in Sofia you can also see it from the top which is a bonus view!
  • It’s pretty nice. I would say the nicest in Sofia, so worth checking out if you’re in to visiting churches. If you have seen other churches in Belgrade, Italy, France, wherever in Europe; they all start to look the same - I would say you can skip this one.
  • One of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. It is amazing and very attractive form inside and outside. Symbol of city of Sofia. Very attractive place for tourists but not only. Unique architecture. It is even part of some movies. Totally worth to visit it once in your life.

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