Photographer's Note

This is the church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker also known as the Russian church in Sofia. This extraordinary white and green building was designed by Russian architect Preobrajenski and built by Russian workers, some of them worked on the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, from 1912 until 1914.

The russian church was built in 1914 in Russian revival style. It is a copy of those Russian churches from 16th century. There are five small domes made of gold and the central dome is 19 meters high. The bells were donated by the Russian King Nikolay II. The exterior was recently renovated by the Moscow Patriarchate, which provided the gold.

The exterior of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker church is much prettier than the interior, which is rather modest and dim. But its frescoes are worth seeing. The frescoes were painted in the style of the Novgorod icon school.

More popular than the church itself is the crypt, accessed to the left of the main entrance. Here lies the tomb of the former Bishop Serafin, who died in 1950. Locals come here is droves to post hand-written messages into a box, standing to the right of the tomb. Although Serafin was never canonised, he is revered as a saint and believed to make prayers and wishes come true.

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  • Copyright: Nikola Nadas (NickVu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 347] (307)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2018-10-04
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2021-07-13 22:34
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