Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, SofiaCurrently Closed
- Address: "Sv.Aleksandar Nevski", Sofia, Bulgari, Bulgaria
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +359-29881704
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Observatory, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
About Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Sofia
This magnificent eastern Orthodox cathedral is one of the largest in the world. Its most striking feature is its great, gold-plated dome that’s 45 metres high. The architecture is neo-Byzantine – it was built only in the early 20th century in memory of the 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878.
Inside, it’s vast size can hold 10000 people. The interior is lavishly decorated with marbles of many colors, great mural paintings, and 82 icons. In the crypt of the church there are many iconic religious art paintings. A church as great as this usually has a relic – this one has what seems to be Alexander Nevsky’s rib.
Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski Information
- Disabled accessible
Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski Ticket Prices
- EUR 50 for guided tour (in Bulgarian only)
Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski Opening and Closing Hours
- Final Admission may be one hour before closing time
How To reach Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski by Public Transport
- Metro red line stop "St. Kliment Ohridski "
- There may be other local transport options. Ask the locals for info.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
95% of people who visit Sofia include Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski in their plan
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82.29% of people start their Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
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Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Sofia Reviews
Religious or not this is a must see if you are in town. The exterior of the cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. The scale is impressive. Once inside the attention to detail on the everything is admirable. The cathedral is the meeting point for many events in Sofia. It is in the heart of the city, so getting here is easy. There are many other sites to see within a few blocks and there are many many places to have a drink or food.
This church has really ethnic and historic feel indoors.. if you are anywhere nearby this church.. you must visit. Great architecture.
When you're in Sofia, you start to feel the influence of the Middle East. It really seems to have its own look and feel. This church, I think, is a good example of that. It's not what you'd expect of a Western European cathedral, and it's not like a mosque. It's Bulgarian and unique. Very interesting architecture.
For all its boasts of a grandiose cathedral, the interior is pretty small... I've seen bigger! Crowds were pretty intense. Huge lines to get up close amd personal with the icons. They also supposedly charge a photography fee but it wasnt exactly enforced. Nice stained glass and cool exterior structure. Based on all the reviews, i was expecting more religious art but it seemed pretty void of that inside.
Iconic Eastern Orthodox church near the center of Sofia. The gleaming golden domes make it recognizable from just about anywhere in the city. The inside is smaller than you would expect. There is an entrance area where you can buy candles, icons and souvenirs. The interior is dominated by the large dome. You can see frescos on all of the walls. Unfortunately the interior is badly in need of restoration. This surprised me as the building is just over 100 years old. The main alter area is is good condition but many of the frescos are faded and suffer from water damage. If you wish to take pictures inside you will be required to buy a ticket which costs around six leva (about $4.00). It should not be missed.
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