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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia is the seat of the Orthodox Patriarch of Bulgaria, the highest religious authority in the country and perhaps for this reason, it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. It is certainly one of the main tourist attractions of Sofia with 2 and a half million inhabitants in the capital of Bulgaria.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Cathedral is dedicated to Alexander Nevsky, the Slavic national hero who led the Russians to victory in the decisive battle of Neva against the invading Swedes (one of the crucial events of the story). The church is distinctly neo-Byzantine and it has the distinction of having 12 bells being able to play 24 different musical tones. Inside, the church is decorated with polychrome Italian marbles, which retains a variety of sculptures, paintings and frescoes of the greatest artists of the country.Part of the interior spaces is used by the National Art Museum for the exhibition of what is believed to be the largest collection of religious icons in the world. Icons (obviously different value and invoice), which can also be bought at the flea market that is held in the square.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Interior

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Interior

Wizz Air offers flights between Rome Fiumicino and Sofia, with two flights a week (Thursday and Saturday), and another with Bergamo, with six flights a week (daily except Tuesday). At this time, you can start from Bergamo on Thursday, 16.11 at 20:55, landing at 24 hours local time, and go back to Sofia Sunday, 18.11, starting at 6:45, landing at 7:50, with prices starting from 85 Euro.

Photo : Kwong Yee Cheng, Photo 2: Harlani Salim

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