Photographer's Note

The main monument in Sofia is the Cathedral Alexander Nevski. On TE there are many pictures of the exterior of it. But I looked at many pages and there are no photos from inside. So, here is something new :). In many Orthodox churches of Bulgaria and Macedonia it was not allowed to take pictures. But in Nevski, I had just to pay 5 euro and then I could make as many photos as I wished.
I found it interesting, that the local people stood just in the middle of this attractive pavement under the big dome to pray. On the left side, there is a tsar's throne. The pulpit, the bishop and tsar’s throne and the entire floor are made of marble, alabaster and onyx in a Byzantine style and with Old Bulgarian motifs.
In the Orthodox churches in Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine the women had to wear scarves on the head, in Georgia also the skirt even on the long trousers. In the countries I visited recently it was not necessary.

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia's symbols and primary tourist attractions. The Cathedral can hold 10,000 people inside. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula, after the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade.

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Here the man is standing in the middle.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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