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Temple Sveti Nikolay, Sofia

(4.5/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • The Church is small and constantly has people visiting her and praying in it. For those accustomed to the churches of the West, this type of architecture and decoration is very striking. None of them allow photos and some are only accepted after payment of about €6.
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  • This church is a beauty from the outside, nothing much inside though. It's definitely worth a quick visit 
  • In my opinion, the Church of St. Nicholas the miracle worker, is the sleeker building in Sofia. Built in the early 20th century in accordance with the standards of Russian churches, with their distinctive bulbous domes and impressive details on the exterior, in contrast with the inner space characterized by frugality. In the crypt of the Church is the tomb of Archbishop Seraphim, an attraction for believers who leave notes with greetings and appeals for help.
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  • Ever in a need, visit the tomb of st. Serafim. Write your meaningful and true desire. St. Serafim will support. Only a remark to foreign visitors - when in any orthodox church please come properly dressed and act with respect towards the people inside.
  • Beautiful church.. really ornate interior that is just beautiful.. so naturally that would warrant 5 stars! Not like other reviews "Beautiful Russian Church" 2 stars? Defies Logic?
  • A colorful Russian Orthodox church with a nice park next door. The difference to the Bulgarian Orthodox churches is clearly visible.
  • Beautiful church, easy to get to. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • Here miracles DO happen!