The Most Beautiful Churches in Bulgaria

St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral | © Smarkov2 / Pixabay
Maria Angelova

As an Orthodox Christian country, Bulgaria has many beautiful churches to showcase its religious architecture. While a number are impressive for their age, others are notable for their role in important historical events. Take a tour of some of the most beautiful among them and learn their stories.

1. St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Cathedral, Church

Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia | © Pixabay
© Pixabay

St Alexander Nevsky is the main cathedral of the Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch and one of the symbols of Sofia. It is dedicated to the Russian army who undertook the main part of the Russo-Turkish War (1878-79) which led to the liberation of Bulgaria from five centuries of Ottoman rule. It was named after the personal patron saint of the Russian Emperor of that time, Alexander II.

Sveti Alexander Nevski Sq., Sofia, Bulgaria

2. The Russian Church, Sofia

Church

Saint Nicholas Church in Sofia is simply known as the Russian Church for its typical Russian religious architecture. It is located in the city center and attracts visitors with its beautiful intricate decoration and with the legend that by visiting its crypt and writing your innermost desire on a piece of paper, you will have your wish fulfilled. Why not give it a try?

3. St Sofia, Sofia

Building, Church

Saint Sofia is one of the oldest churches in the Bulgarian capital and it is actually the building that gave the city its name. Centuries ago, when the city used to be significantly smaller (and it wasn’t a capital), the church towered on a hill on its outskirts. It was considered such a masterpiece, that people started saying “I’m going to the town of (the church of saint) Sofia“. While visiting it, don’t miss its catacombs where you can see a centuries-old Christian necropolis.

2, Paris Str., Sofia, Bulgaria

4. The Memorial Church of the Birth of Christ, Shipka

Church, Memorial, Monastery

5. St Constantine and St Helen, Plovdiv

Church

St Constantine and St Helen Church is one of the most impressive stops in the Old Town of Plovdiv. It was built in 1832 by prominent local architects and adorned with bright, colorful murals that remain well preserved to this day.

Hisar Kapiya Sq., Plovdiv, Bulgaria

6. Transfiguration Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo

Church, Monastery

7. Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral, Varna

Church

This is one of the biggest Orthodox catherdals in Bulgaria, with intricate details and ornaments typical of the interior of Bulgarian churches. Dormition of the Mother of God in Varna features beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to the saints who invented and taught the Cyrillic script.

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