St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Bulgarian: Храм-паметник "Свети Александър Невски", Hram-pametnik "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski") is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the 50 largest Christian church buildings by volume in the world. It is one of Sofia's symbols and primary tourist attractions. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 5,000 people inside. It is among the 10 largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings. It is the largest cathedral in the Balkans. It is believed that up until the year 2000 it was the largest finished Orthodox cathedral.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a cross-domed basilica featuring an emphasized central dome. The cathedral's gold-plated dome is 45 m high (148 ft) (46.3 m (152 ft) with the cross), with the bell tower reaching 53 metres (174 ft). The roof span of the central nave is 28 metres (92 ft) The temple has 12 bells with total weight of 23 tons, the heaviest weighing 12 tons and the lightest 10 kilograms (22 lb). The interior is decorated with Italian marble in various colours, Brazilian onyx, alabaster, and other luxurious materials. The central dome has the Lord's Prayer inscribed around it, with thin gold letters.
Marc Albert | Feb 24, 2018
A small and ancient church. We didn't get to see much of it because a wedding was about to take place. I will have to go back. Downstairs there is access to an excavation. There is a short, informative film. Most of what you can see if old tombs. Towards the end of the passages there are some remnants of mosaic floors. The entrance fee was rather high (around $6.00 per person) and they wanted an additional 15 leva (about $10.00) to take pictures. It's hard to actually recommend the excavation site but if you go don't waste your money on the pictures.
Daphne Psarra | Jan 4, 2018
Of the most beautiful sights! We visited the church on a Sunday morning to attend the Divine Liturgy, instead we bumped into the baptism of a middle-aged man. That was a trully uniwue moment, very special and touching. The inside of the church does not have any hagiographies but its walls are decorated with red bricks, which give it a special character!
jelena jadzic | Jan 14, 2018
This palce has very simple architecure. It does not look at anything extraordinary. We heard that inside there is a museum, and we pay to enter but we get a bit disappointed. At this underground historical place very few thing are preserved. Everything else is built recently and it looks very new and kind of fake. The Bulgarians are very proud of this place but we were not that amused by this place. The interior of the church looks nice and different though, so it is worth a visit. One tip: you can add some information and fliers with explanations to foreign visitors.
Daniel Krasselt | Jan 21, 2018
Really, really interesting, very hidden, but especially the archeological site in the basement is very interesting! I can definitely recommend it! Prices are as cheap as 10lv for a family, 6lv for an adult and 2lv for students and under 18's..
René van Dijk | Nov 26, 2017
Very old and of great importance to the city. Go to the tomb with amazing exhibts and ancient mosaic floors. Entrance 6 levas.
James Cochrane | Mar 27, 2018
A must-see on your trip to Sofia. Stunning centuries-old church that includes an sub-level archeological museum for only 2 lev (student).
Matrym Cauthon | Apr 6, 2018
Magnificent church from 4th century. Have museum with mosaic.
Harald Veldman | Jun 7, 2018
Beautiful made underground archeological site. The story could be told more clear.
Arne Vanhoof | Jun 9, 2018
Very nice, certainly do the underground architectural tour. Price is 6lev.
Edward Alexander | Jul 6, 2018
One of the nicest churches in the city, dating back many centuries.
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