St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral by Maria1606
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The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and 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 occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 10,000 people inside. It is the biggest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a cross-domed basilica featuring an emphasized central dome. The cathedral’s gold-plated dome is 45 m high (148 ft), with the bell tower reaching 53 metres (174 ft).The temple has 12 bells with total weight of 23 tons, the heaviest weighing 12 tons. The interior is decorated with Italian marble in various colours, Brazilian onyx, alabaster, and other luxurious materials.
The construction of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral started in 1882, when the foundation stone was laid, but most of it was built between 1904 and 1912. Saint Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince. The cathedral was created in honour to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule.
The cathedral was designed by Alexander Pomerantsev, aided by Alexander Smirnov and Alexander Yakovlev, as the initial 1884-1885 project of Ivan Bogomolov was radically changed by Pomerantsev. The final design was finished in 1898, and the construction and decoration were done by a team of Bulgarian, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and other European artists, architects and workers, including the aforementioned architects.
The marble parts and the lighting fixtures were created in Munich, the metal elements for the gates in Berlin, while the gates themselves were manufactured in Karl Bamberg’s factory in Vienna, and the mosaics were shipped from Venice.
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was proclaimed a monument of culture in 1924.
Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Nevsky_C...

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  • eppixx
    eppixxalmost 4 years ago

    Bravo! Mnogo dobra snimka. Chudno mi e samo kak uspq da razchistish vsichku koli i avtobusi ot ploshtada :)

  • Mersi mnogo!! Ha-ha, razchstih dori i kofite za bokluk!!:) Snimkata e dosta blizka i za tova ne se vijdat mnogobroinite artefakti.

    – Maria1606

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful architecture and shot! graet info too!

  • Thank you very much for the nice comment and fav.

    – Maria1606

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 4 years ago

    I have always wanted to see this!
    Fantastic work!

  • I`m glad you like this, thanks very much

    – Maria1606

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting it

    – Maria1606

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Audrey

    – Maria1606

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent work Maria,anna

  • Thanks very much, Anna, glad you enjoyed it:)

    – Maria1606

  • Denitsa Dabizheva
    Denitsa Dabizhevaalmost 4 years ago

    Впечатляваща снимка, Мария! Браво!

  • Благодаря за комплимента, Деница. Имаше доста опити :))

    – Maria1606

  • Sinclere
    Sinclerealmost 4 years ago

    These old world architecture is a treasure to the world. Thank you for adding this artwork to This That and the Other Thing.

  • Thank you very much for accepting it. Really glad you enjoy it.

    – Maria1606

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Audrey!!! I`m delighted with this feature!!Maria

    – Maria1606

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely Work .!!

  • Thank you very much I`m glad you like this shot.

    – Maria1606

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