he church is built in a Neo-Byzantine style and is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. With a total area of 3,170 square meters, it can accommodate up to 10,000 people inside. This church was built as a memorial to the Russian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. That is why the name of the church is Alexander Nevsky, who is a Russian saint. Initially, the idea was that the cathedral was built in the old capital Tarnovo, while later, after the insistence of Prince Alexander I Battenberg, the city of Sofia was chosen. The construction site is also chosen intelligently. The place where the church is located was now the highest point in old Sofia and had a panoramic view of the city. Some believe that when you enter the temple, you pass over an ancient cemetery. Just below the church is the Necropolis of the ancient city of Serdika.An interesting fact is that the place where the Alexander Nevsky church is built was originally a site chosen for the construction of the new palace of Prince Battenberg, who eventually gave up for the construction of the cathedral.
The 12 bells of the cathedral weigh more than 20 tons. These giants can be heard within a radius of 15km. They are brought from Moscow. The cathedral with its golden domes became an important emblem for the Bulgarian religious center. It is also a landmark that enhances the St. Alexander Nevsky square with its majesty. For the record, the golden surface of the domes is 700m2.
September 19, 2021
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