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Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski

Sofia, Bulgaria
4.7 / 46
The Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski is a stunning church both inside and out. The moment you enter, you'll be in awe of its beauty. It's unfortunate that photography is not allowed inside, but that shouldn't stop you from visiting this must-see attraction. The architecture of the cathedral is absolutely gorgeous, and the best part is that entry is free. However, if you want to take photos, there is a small fee. The paintings on the walls and under the roof are interesting and add to the overall ambiance of the cathedral. The location of this church is also great, as there is a historical church and museum named St. Sophia nearby. You can even see or buy very old equipment from Badgers for your collection in the area. Parking is available, but be aware that you'll need a specific app or local number to pay. During my visit, I was left awe-inspired by the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The architecture is a true masterpiece, blending history, spirituality, and grandeur. The cathedral's domes glisten in the sunlight and create a mesmerizing reflection in the nearby pond. Its sheer scale is jaw-dropping, and it showcases the dedication and craftsmanship of the artisans who built it. Inside, the cathedral offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere, perfect for introspection and reflection. I spent a significant amount of time simply admiring the architecture and soaking in the peaceful ambiance. Whether you're interested in history, architecture, or seeking spiritual solace, the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral provides an experience that will leave a lasting impression. The cathedral's location is also advantageous, with plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides on site offer valuable insights into the cathedral's history and significance. Overall, my visit to the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was an enriching experience that I will cherish forever. I highly recommend adding this architectural marvel to your list of must-visit places in the area. It's not just a cathedral; it's a living piece of history that emanates majesty and spirituality. However, I should note that visiting on a Saturday, I was surprised to find it quiet. If you plan on taking photos, be prepared to buy a ticket at the entrance for 3 Bulgarian lev. It's best to keep your ticket visible to avoid constant questioning inside the cathedral. While the cathedral's exterior is impressive, the interior may not live up to the grandeur typically associated with Orthodox cathedrals of this size and importance. It feels a bit empty in comparison. Despite this, it is still a wonderful place to see in person. It's great to see ongoing renovations to preserve this historical landmark for future generations. Thankfully, it wasn't crowded during my visit. Just keep in mind that parking is only available in a nearby small park, and you must pay to take pictures inside the church. Also, note that euros are not accepted within the church itself. The Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski is a beautiful old cathedral with intricate carvings and breathtaking details. The huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and the minute details in the alcoves are worth studying for a long time. However, it's disappointing that you have to pay to take pictures inside, and the constant policing by staff members detracts from the atmosphere. For me, as a Muslim, visiting this cathedral was a spellbinding experience. It's one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen. Unfortunately, photography is strictly prohibited, even when we offered to pay. There was also construction work going on outside the church during my visit. Luckily, there is a nearby metro station for easy access. In addition to the cathedral, the gardens outside are also marvelous, adding to the overall beauty of the site.
Address:ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", Sofia
Phone:+359 2 988 1704



This church is amazing inside and out! The WOW factor when entering it spectacular! Unfortunately no photos allowed!:(
A must visit place. The architecture is gorgeous. Entry is free but you take photos, you have to pay a little. The paintings of the walls and under th.. Read more »
Nice place in this area you can see or buy Very old equipment from Badgers for yours Collection. In the left side of this church there is historical c.. Read more »
I had the incredible opportunity to visit the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral during my recent trip, and I must say, it left me awe-inspired. The cathe.. Read more »
I visited on a Saturday and was surprised to find it was really quiet. If you want to take photos you need to buy a ticket for 3 Bulgarian lev as you .. Read more »
The biggest Bulgarian cathedral. It looks very impressive from outside. Inside is little bit empty and not so glamorous as typical Orthodox cathedrals.. Read more »
Wonderful place. It is really nice seeing it in person. Glad to see they are doing some renovations to keep it there for future generations. It wasn't.. Read more »
Beautiful old Cathedral with intricate carvings and breathtaking details. Huge chandeliers suspend over the place and the alcoves hold a great deal o.. Read more »
One of the most beautiful cathedral I've ever visited. Being a Muslim I was spell bound. Pictures and videos are strictly not allowed, though just a .. Read more »
The cathedral is huge and very beautiful on the outside. At the inside it has great pieces of marble and some nice icons but overall all the frescoes .. Read more »
Beautiful church that deserves a national restoration effort and much better lighting (particularly nowadays that there are many lighting technologies.. Read more »
Breathtaking cathedral!! This cathedral is the star of Sofia and I highly recommend going! You can park on the side and enter. Don’t stay longer than .. Read more »
Beautiful cathedral that is the absolute highlight of visiting Sofia. Mesmerising and magnificent on the inside and outside. It closes at 7 pm but the.. Read more »
St. Alexander Nevsky is a beautiful cathedral and a must see while in Sofia! It serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and is one.. Read more »
Free entry and amazing interiors. You do have to pay if you want to take photos and this is clearly stated before you enter. However I saw many visito.. Read more »
I really liked city of Plovdiv ( Filibe). Sofia was nice too but i could not see as much as historical sites what i expected. I can say i liked Plovdi.. Read more »
The architecture of this church is just beyond beautiful. The exterior patina against the limestone is gorgeous when lit by the setting sun and the e.. Read more »
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) .. Read more »
Of course it's a must-visit in Sofia. A hugely impressive, imposing building, with gorgeous gold domes and filled with amazing art. The inside has a h.. Read more »
Stunning cathedral from the inside and outside. It is placed in the middle of the city center that is rich in numerous historic, religious, artistic a.. Read more »
The outside is stunning. The golden domes shine even when it is cloudy. Inside is dark, not all candles are lit even though most are electric. The dom.. Read more »
Very beautiful cathedral. One of the most remarkable from the exterior. A genuine marvel. Inside it is dark, I found a priest smoking, he yelled at me.. Read more »
Beautiful cathedral, very well maintained is a must if you are around the area or just visit Sofia. You need to pay extra 3€ if you want to take photo.. Read more »
It’s definitely a very good piece of architecture, but the interior lighting is extremely poor. Therefore it’s extremely hard to see the fresks inside.. Read more »
No words to describe this place... So much history and unique architecture. I'll not even mention the positive energy that you can feel once you go th.. Read more »
A must see , its a beautiful cathedral inside and out. Photos are not allowed inside without buying a ticket first. Go in the morning so you could be .. Read more »
Impressive cathedral but the staff inside aren’t very friendly. Need some customer service training. Apart from that, architecturally it’s impressive
A huge, beautiful and almighty place. You should visit it, be it only for the outdoor setting. The inside is breathtaking, and it seems that you can t.. Read more »
Impressive place, steeped in history.. But somebody needs to sort the lighting out on the inside.. There so much to see, but you just can't see it.
Stunning architecture with all sorts in interesting details from all sides. Make sure to check out the mosaics on top of the doors and the beautiful f.. Read more »
Among other things, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is also considered a landmark of Sofia and is the largest Orthodox church in Bulgaria. It is visibl.. Read more »
Awesome Cathedral. More impressive inside. The walls and ceilings are one big fresco. The architectural design is amazing.
Huge and impressive place. Inside it looks as much good as outside. Before going there I would recommend reading the story of this place. Worth visiti.. Read more »
St. Alexander Nevski is one of the iconic buildings in our capital Sofia. The church has a lot of history and if you want to know more about this uniq.. Read more »
One of the biggest cathedrals in Sofia. The exterior is lavishly decorated with domes made of gold. The interior shows frescoes and icons of saints. J.. Read more »
The Bulgarian iconic landmark! This cathedral stood trough the ages as symbol and home for christanity. Fantastic place and highly recommend for all v.. Read more »
ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL OF SOFIA = Is so far one of the most beautiful well-known Architectural Landmarks of Bulgaria in which one must never miss.. Read more »
Sofia's landmark. Extremely beautiful from outside and inside. A must-visit and free of charge (unlike most of the cathedrals in Italy or even Austria.. Read more »
This place is magical. The architecture is incredibly beautiful and the church has so much history, it should definitely be on top of your lists for v.. Read more »
It's a must, it's gorgeous and magnificent. The inside is rather dark, but you can't feel indifferent to this place.
It's a big and beautiful cathedral in the heart of Sofia. Inside is so nice. You should definitely go there and have a look.
Beautiful cathedral with so much history!!
Beautifully designed place in the centre of Sofia city. Just magnificent!
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Bulgarian: Храм-паметник "Свети Александър Невски", Hram-pametnik "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski") is a Bulgarian Orthod.. Read more »
Magnificent symbol of Sofia-main Cathedral. Looks wonderful from outside, although it’s too dark inside unfortunately...
Wonderful place for tourist to visit this place to experience the real architecture and is Jewel of the Sofia, Bulgaria. The church is very beautiful .. Read more »