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Temple Sveti Nikolay, Sofia

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Architectural Building Religious Site
At the crypt of , a box with handwritten messages stands next to the tomb of the former Bishop Seraphim. Locals consider him a miracle worker and believe that he answers prayers and makes wishes come true. The church's white-and-green tiled exterior is topped with five small, golden domes. Inside, you'll find four icons on the iconostasis, modeled after the icons from Kiev's St. Vladimir cathedral. The builders and the artists who painted the interior walls also worked on the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Built on the Russian Embassy's initiative between 1907 and 1914, the church served as а center for numerous Russian emigrants in Bulgaria. Note that information at the site is available only in Russian and Bulgarian. Put Temple Sveti Nikolay at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sofia trip itinerary planner.
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  • Of my favorite corners in the Bulgarian capital. Their cheerful colorful makes it really attractive, it is worthwhile even if it is tiny.
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  • It is not much different from the Greek-Orthodox churches although Russian Orthodox religion. For many Italians devotees of Saint Nicholas is a church not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful church very colorful and characteristic though small. The Interior is opulent but at the same time very sacred full of paintings of all sizes and a beautiful Christ
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