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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  • Beautiful central place to visit, nice surrounding, lots of green spaces and benches to spend time. Definitely one of the most impressive church still standing. 
    Beautiful central place to visit, nice surrounding, lots of green spaces and benches to spend time. Definitely one of the most impressive church still standing.  more »
  • A pleasant place in the best part of the city. It reminds me of Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, just smaller and nicer external design. I am personally not so religious but enjoy cathedrals as they....  more
    A pleasant place in the best part of the city. It reminds me of Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, just smaller and nicer external design. I am personally not so religious but enjoy cathedrals as they....  more »
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  • Among other things, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is also considered a landmark of Sofia and is the largest Orthodox church in Bulgaria. It is visible almost from every point in Sofia, as it has distinctive golden dome roofs. It is located directly behind the Parliament. The crypt is also worth seeing. There is a permanent exhibition on the history of the icons of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria. A MUST when visiting Sofia.
  • Of course it's a must-visit in Sofia. A hugely impressive, imposing building, with gorgeous gold domes and filled with amazing art. The inside has a haunting quality to it, darkened over the years by so many thousands of candles smoking it up. The Christian art museum in the crypt is also worth a look, decent value and filled with orthodox treasures

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