11th June 2015 – Sofia, Bulgaria
I’ve been to the largest. The second is not too different.
Somehow, the domes are similar. And I can’t tell the difference.
Followed it up with local beers, and an English pub quiz.
We were close, and should have almost won. Just my jealous 2 cents.
The second largest cathedral in the Balkans – Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
One place which I didn’t get to check out yesterday during the free sofia walking tour
, was the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. I did pass by it, but somehow the sun prevented me from taking any pictures. And I didn’t get to go inside too.
So, today I made up for it, and went to check it out. After all, this was the second largest cathedral in the Balkan regions!
I had been to the largest one before, in Belgrade, Serbia
. And my first reaction when seeing the Alexander Nevsky church from the front, was “God! It looks almost the same
“. Well, that was because I couldn’t see all the domes from the front. Then, I decided to walk around a little bit, and tried to take a picture from the back. And thats when all the domes of the cathedral came into full view.
Saint Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince from the 12th century, and the cathedral itself was created as a tribute to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877. The cathedral was completed in 1912, only for its name to be briefly changed during the WWI because Russia and Bulgaria were not allies.
It’s a good thing that they reverted the name. There is a good ring to it.
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