Aleksander Nevski Church

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Aleksander Nevski Church information

Sofia , Bulgaria
Address
Street pl Aleksander Nevski
Opening hours
7am-7pm
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One of the symbols not just of Sofia but of Bulgaria itself, this massive, awe-inspiring church was built between 1882 and 1912 in memory of the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died fighting for Bulgaria’s independence during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-78).

Designed by the Russian architect AN Pomerantsev, the church was built in the neo-Byzantine style favoured in Russia at the time and adorned with mosaics and gold-laden domes. The cavernous, incense-scented interior is decorated with naturalistic murals, pendulous chandeliers and elaborate onyx and alabaster thrones.

A door to the left of the main entrance leads to the Aleksander Nevski Crypt . It displays Bulgaria’s biggest and best collection of religious icons dating from between the 5th and 19th centuries, brought here from churches all over the country.