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Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
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Owner description: Completed in 1912, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral Stauropigial Memorial-Church is an impressive landmark in Sofia. The church was built as a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish Liberation War (1877-1878).
Reviewed June 7, 2013

One of the largest Orthodox churches on the Balkan peninsula. Several movies have been filmed here, which is cool too!
Definitely very powerful inside, but recommend highly to respect people who are there for actual worship and not talk or take pictures.

Thank Graham E
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The church itself is 19th Century and not to my mind particularly special but we attended a sung mass on Sunday morning where the quality of the singing from the choir made the hairs on my neck stand on end. The robes of the priests taking part, including a visiting Greek Orthodox cleric, were wonderfully ornate. The only irritant was the disrespectful behaviour of many tourists who were taking photographs throughout the service. I do not have a religious faith but I do believe in respecting the way in which others choose to worship their God and wish more of those present on Sunday shared this view.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

This large and beautifu Orthodox Cathedral is situated at the heart of the central district of Sofia. It contains many striking icons and frescoes illustrating bible stories and portraying saints important to Bulgaria. The cathedral was constructed between 1882 and 1924 to commemorate the Russian, Bulgarian, and other Slavic peoples victory over the Ottomon Turks in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. This is known as the War of Liberation in Bulgaria. It ended 400 years of the Turkish "yoke," sometimes called slavery. It reestablished Bulgaria as an independent country. The extent of the Bulgarians gratitude to Russia is apparent from the fact that the cathedral is not named for a Bulgarian saint, Saint John of Rila, for example, but for a Russian saint, Saint Alexander Nevski. Appropriate to a cathedral commemorating a military victory, Saint Alexander Nevski was the ruler of Novgorad and Kiev in the 13th century. He led his Russian army to a victory over the Teutonic Knights. The cathedral contains a number of frescoes of military saints, including Saint Michael the Archangel.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

A beautiful church in Russian style, with at least 20 golden domes. Visit also the splendid icon museum next to the church.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

A complex and amazing partly refurbished design. A must to see. More or less in the centre of town, impossible to miss. Needs about an hour minimum inside.

Thank Nicholas F
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