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St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church

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February 25, 2020
Beautifull church in old style right after the main walking part of boulevard Vitosha. Must see.
Dimitar K.
Dimitar K.
January 26, 2020
Sveta Nedelya Church (Bulgarian: Катедрален храм "Св. великомъченица Неделя" в София or църква „Света Неделя“, romanized: Sveta Nedelya) is an Eastern Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a cathedral of the Sofia bishopric of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. Sveta Nedelya is a medieval…
September 7, 2019
Located at the very center of the city, this beautiful church dates back to the beginning of 20th century. It is an active church with services held every day (the morning one begins at around 08-08:30am on weekdays and around 09:00am on weekends, the evening one begins at around 16:00 or 17:00…
August 15, 2018
Great catedral, most famous for its golden domes which can be seen even from the top of Vitosha mountain.
Dora & Tomi
Dora & Tomi
February 28, 2018
Built at the end of the 19th century, this church is the direct successor of several smaller churches from medieval times and is said to lie directly above the crossroads of ancient Serdica. In 1925 it was largely destroyed in a bomb blast assassination attempt on Tsar Boris III in which over 200…

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“Famous Bulgarian Orthodox Church with neo-Byzantine architecture and underground museum. St. Alexander Nevski is an Orthodox monument in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria, which is a cathedral of the Bulgarian Patriarch. The church was built in 1882 - 1912 and in 1955 was declared a cultural monument of national importance. Around the cathedral is a square of the same name.”
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“The Viennese architects Helmer & Fellner, responsible for a catalogue of extravagant buildings across Central Europe, built this theatre in 1909. The building with its towering portico is an iconic sight for Bulgaria, appearing on banknotes, and is most famous for its drama productions.”
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“History and architecture The church was built on the site of several earlier churches from 4th c. and places of worship dating back to the days when it was the necropolis of the Roman town of Serdica. In the 2nd century, it was the location of a Roman theatre. Over the next few centuries, several other churches were constructed, only to be destroyed by invading forces such as the Goths and the Huns. The basic cross design of the present basilica, with its two east towers and one tower-cupola, is believed to be the fifth structure to be constructed on the site and was built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the middle of the 6th century (527-565). It is thus a contemporary of the better-known Hagia Sophia church in Constantinople. During the Second Bulgarian Empire (spanning the 12th to 14th centuries), the structure acquired the status of a metropolitan church. In the 14th century, the church gave its name to the city. In the 16th century, during Ottoman rule, the church was converted into a mosque: the original 12th-century frescoes were destroyed and minarets were added. In the 19th century two earthquakes destroyed one of the minarets and the mosque was abandoned. Restoration work was begun after 1900. The Saint Sofia Church is now one of the most valuable pieces of Early Christian architecture in Southeastern Europe. The present building is a cross basilica with three altars. The floor of the church is covered with complex Early Christian ornamental or flora and fauna-themed mosaics. The Saint Sofia Church stands in the middle of an ancient necropolis and many tombs have been unearthed both under and near the church. Some of the tombs even feature frescoes. Because Saint Sophia represents Holy Wisdom, icons within the church depict Sophia as Christ Emmanuel, a young figure of Christ seated on a rainbow. The church also displays icons of historical saints, including St. George and St. Vladimir.”
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“The National Art Gallery is situated in the former royal palace of Bulgaria. In the halls where once ministers and royalties took decisions, today you can make a historic run through the artworks of Bulgaria’s most prominent artists. Be sure to not miss the bright winter garden, dedicated to temporary photographic exhibitions. Behind the gallery/palace is a small and quiet park.”
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“It was built on the initiative and with the financial support of the benefactor Mall Efendi Kad Seyfulllah. Therefore, in some sources, the mosque is also referred to as the Molla Effendi Mosque or as the Kad Seyfulllah. On the arch above the door on the stone with paint is written text that cannot be read. Below it is the date 974, which gives reason to believe that it was built in 974 by the Hijra (Muslim yearbook) or 1566-1567. Architecture The mosque's main building is quadrangular. Among the four corner cubes are the central cubes and the minaret. In front of it there is an annex (tetim) with three small cubes. It was built in memory of the late wife of Qad Seyfulllah Effendi. Bath bashi mosque in the late 19th century Bashi mosque bath is an interesting architectural creation that reflects the specifics of Ottoman architectural thought in the 16th century. It was built by the Ottoman architect Sinan. Its walls are made of carved stone and bricks, with rows of red bricks placed between the stone rows. At the four corners, as in the Makbul Ibrahim Pasha mosque in Razgrad, small towers are erected, under which support structures are lowered through hoops. At the corners of the sixteen beam hoops are placed double breastplates. The walls of the prayer hall and the arches are of stone. The columns are made of a single stone body and are matte. Crowns are double rows of stalacmid. The arch above the front door, which ends with a wreath, is also a stone. The central dome is covered with lead plates. The minaret of the mosque is an exquisite architectural work. According to Evliya Chelebi, she is not equal in beauty in Sofia. The interior of the mosque has acquired its present appearance as a result of several repairs. The last major overhaul was made in the 1920s with the financial support of Turkish Ambassador to Sofia Fethi Bay. Partial repairs, painting, plastering, etc. were made after World War II. In 1983, a complete restoration of the mosque exterior was carried out, designed by arch. Chr. Ganchev from the National Institute for Cultural Monuments. In recent decades, repairs have been made with donations of Turkish and Arabic waqfs. With their support, an underfloor heating system was built. The present state of the Banya Bashi mosque gives it the possibility of praying with about 700 Muslims on Friday days and nearly 1,200 Muslims in the Bayrams. The capacity of the mosque is between 500-700 people. That is why during the holidays and Friday prayers, the worshipers pray outside the sidewalk. In the past, mosques of Efendi Qadi Seifulllah and Emin Dede were buried around the mosque.”
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20 пл. Света Неделя
Sofia, София-град
Telefonnummer02/987 5748