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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
1, Sveti Alexander Nevski Sq.
Tel.: (02) 877 697 (Crypt)
Web site:
Open: 10.30-18.30, closed monday
Admission: Cathedral - free, Crypt - 4 leva
The cathedral was built in honour of the Russian Tsar Alexander 2nd, the "Tsar Liberator", whose army liberated Bulgaria from Turkish rule and was named after St. Alexander Nevsky, the patron saint of the Tsar and his family. The interior is just as splendid in materials and craftsmanship: Italian marble, Brazilian onyx, African alabaster, frescoes and woodcarvings by the best Bulgarian and Russian artists.
 
'St. Nikolai' Russian Church
Sofia, the corner of
Tsar Osvboditel Blvd. and Benkovski St.
Web site:
Open: 10:00 - 18:00
Admission: free
Built in 1912 by Russian workmen, this church preserves the style of Moscow decorative arts, painting and architecture. The roof of the church and above the door is covered with green majolica tiles, which harmonise perfectly with the gold-plated domes. The frescoes were painted in the style of the Novgorod icon school.
 
Boyana Church
Sofia,
Boyana Sq., 3 Boyansko ezero Str.
Tel.: (02) 68 53 04
Web site:
Open: 09:00 - 17.00, winter - closed monday
Admission: 10 leva, students: 5 leva
Free Mondays (from 15.30 - 17.00)
This is one of Bulgaria's most significant historical treasures dating back to the 13th century and is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Most remarkable are the murals, painted by an unknown artist, which exhibit a new humanistic tendency in mediaeval art. 240 realistic figures, bearing the features of Bulgarian life at that time, are depicted in biblical scenes on the walls of the church.
 
'Kliment Ohridski' University of Sofia
Sofia, on the corner of
Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
and Vassil Levski Blvd.
Web site:
Open: 08:0020:00
Admission: free
This is an imposing Baroque-style building on the corner of Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. and Vassil Levski Blvd. On both sides of the main entrance are the statues of the two brothers, Hristo and Evlogii Georgiev, who donated the land and money for the founding of the university.
 
Sofia Synagogue
Sofia, behind Halite,
On Ekzarh Yosif and Washington St.,
Web site:
Opent: 09:0016:30,
Closed saturday and sunday
Admission: 2 leva
The Sofia Synagogue, which was designed by the architect Grunanger on 1910, has been recently refurbished both inside and out, and now is a sight not to be missed. It was opened for worship in 1909. The building is in Spanish-Moorish style, with a onion-shaped dome lit by the biggest chandelier on the Balkans.
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