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Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Gaze in awe at this magnificent cathedral and step inside to see a fascinating collection of mosaics, murals and religious icons.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of Sofia’s most emblematic buildings; a Russian Orthodox cathedral of incomparable architectural splendor and captivating religious art. Admire its Neo-Byzantine façade, opulent décor, mosaics and murals. Built in the early 1900s, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral honors the 200,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the Russo-Turkish War, fighting for the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878.

Take time to stroll around the cathedral and view its collection of domes, bell towers, arched windows and doorways. Look up at the gilded central dome, which stands 148 feet (45 meters) high, and check out the belfry, containing 12 bells. From all angles, the cathedral offers excellent photo opportunities. Visit after sunset when it is illuminated spectacularly by bright lights.

Set foot inside the cathedral to discover five high-ceilinged naves connected by tall arches. Marvel at the checkerboard floor, sparkling chandeliers and intricate stained-glass windows. A wealth of murals adorn the cathedral’s walls, many portraying scenes that involve Bulgarian and Russian saints. Don’t miss the impressive mosaic mural of Tsar Ferdinand and his wife Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz.

Be sure to visit the cathedral’s crypt to see one of Europe’s largest collections of religious icons. Spot icons that date between the 15th and the 20th centuries, some of which originated from monasteries across Bulgaria.

Situated in Alexander Nevsky Square, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is in the heart of Sofia’s city center. The nearest metro stop is SU Sv. Kliminet Ohridski, which is a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. A city sightseeing bus stops nearby and parking is available on the square. The cathedral is also a short walk from other major city attractions. Among these are the National Gallery of Foreign Art and the Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. It’s an active cathedral so ensure you dress appropriately and respect worshippers when visiting. Photography is prohibited inside the cathedral.

Popular Activities at Alexander Nevski Cathedral

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Below are the top activities:

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InterContinental Sofia ¥10,568
InterContinental Sofia

InterContinental Sofia

4 NARODNO SABRANIE SQ, Sofia
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Yellow Pavement and Bulgarian Parliament. National Gallery for Foreign Art and Alexander Nevski Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Serdika Station is 14 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 22 minutes.

    Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia ¥8,494
    Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia

    Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia

    5 Sveta Nedelya Square, Sofia
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Yellow Pavement and Church of St. George. National Archaeological Museum and Ivan Vazov National Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Serdika Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lavov Most Station is 14 minutes.

      Sense Hotel Sofia ¥11,275
      Sense Hotel Sofia

      Sense Hotel Sofia

      16 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Yellow Pavement, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and Bulgarian Parliament. Russian Church and National Gallery for Foreign Art are also within 5 minutes. Serdika Station is 12 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 20 minutes.

        Grand Hotel Sofia ¥10,242
        Grand Hotel Sofia

        Grand Hotel Sofia

        1 Gurko Str, Sofia
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Sofia hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Slaveykov Square, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, and National Archaeological Museum. Church of St. George and Russian Church are also within 10 minutes. Serdika Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 18 minutes.

          Central Hotel Sofia ¥6,713
          Central Hotel Sofia

          Central Hotel Sofia

          52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Nedelya Church, Saint Sofia Monument, and Sofia Court House. Central Sofia Market Hall is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away. Serdika Station is 7 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 14 minutes.

            Arena di Serdica Hotel ¥8,930
            Arena di Serdica Hotel

            Arena di Serdica Hotel

            2-4, Budapest street, Sofia
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yellow Pavement and Russian Church. National Archaeological Museum and Alexander Nevski Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Serdika Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 14 minutes.

              Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel ¥6,021
              Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel

              Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel

              Bul. Hristo Botev 69, Sofia
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Sofia Market Hall, Church of St. George, and National Archaeological Museum. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Russian Church are also within 1 mi (2 km). Serdika Station is 7 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 13 minutes.

                Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel ¥9,667
                Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel

                Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel

                21 Vitosha Blvd, Sofia
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sofia City Center, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vitoshka Boulevard, Church of St. George, and National Archaeological Museum. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Russian Church are also within 15 minutes. Serdika Station is 5 minutes by foot and Lavov Most Station is 17 minutes.