St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

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Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
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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  • The largest church in the city built in neo-Byzantine style in 1912. The church is very well lit at night, and there is an interesting museum to it.  more »
  • Great collection of old icons! Impressive architecture and very easy access with public transportation.  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.

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