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Alexander Nevski Square

Surely you have not missed to visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the biggest Orthodox Church on the Balkan Peninsula, a massive awe-inspiring temple! Actually the beautiful memorial church is a symbol not just of Sofia, but whole Bulgaria itself. Naturally, it is a must-see landmark in Sofia city. What about the spacious square where the cathedral lies?
It is a cobblestone area with a fascinating daily flea market. Certainly the hallmark of the Alexander Nevski Square may be the gold-gilded domes of the impressive church which welcomes all Sofia’s guests and astounds them with its striking massive overall presence. Having five-aisle structure, Alexander Nevski Cathedral is one of the Balkan’s finest architectural pieces.
However, there you will also find green pathways, surrounded by huge trees and lovely shrubbery. Alexander Nevski Square is teemed with other monuments and places of interest. So don’t miss to drop and see each of them or you simply relax, sitting in the small park, just behind the imposing cathedral.

Just opposite the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, you will find the building of Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
This exquisitely ornated building was established in 1908. Red and gold majolica tiled ornaments wrap the building. The central mosaic portrait depicts three members of the Holy Synod. Unfortunately, much of the original sculptural elements were destroyed during the Second World War. Notwithstanding this interesting building catches the eye of the passer-by.

St.Sofia Church is situated at Alexander Nevski Square, few steps from the imposing cathedral. St.Sofia Church gave its name to the present-day capital back in the 14th century. The plain red brick church dates back to the 6th century when it was the place where Serdica’s necropolis used to be located. During the Ottoman Yoke the ancient church was turned into a mosque, but after an earthquake in 1818 toppled the minaret, it was abandoned and restored after the Liberation.

The Eternal Flame monument, which was built in honor of the people who died for the Liberation of Bulgaria in the 19th century, also is situated at the Alexander Nevski Square, next to the St.Sofia Church.

The grave and monument to Ivan Vazov, a prominent writer, the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature is just beside the St.Sofia Church, exactly where Vazov requested to be buried. The boulder was brought from St.Sofia Church to form part of the monument in 1956.

In the eastern part of the square rises the building of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius Foundation, which houses the National Gallery of Foreign Arts, rises in the eastern part of Alexander Nevski Square. It contains unique exhibits of art from Africa, Asia and Europe, Spanish baroque paintings, some Rembrandts, and unique art pieces of NikolayRoerich. The Bulgaria’s Academy of Arts,where future artists study icon-painting, sculpture, fine arts, is located at Alexander Nevski Square as well.
An open-air market of national costumes, embroidery and hand-knitted ware and garment, icons, small antique items and arts exposition breathes a lease of life to the square.

The grave of Ivan VazovThe grave of Ivan Vazov

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