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Bulgaria

I seldom would take a trip because of a church, but the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia was the main reason I decided to go on a tour to Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. After having seen so many churches, this cathedral is for sure not the most beautiful, not the tallest or the biggest, but definitely one of the most extraordinary. I even felt nervous for weeks worrying that it might rain when I got there and wouldn't have a chance to take a decent photo of it. I was blessed to get a shot of its dome shining in the October sun.

The city tour of Sofia only took one morning. In the afternoon we took the bus for almost two hours to the Rila mountains to see the Rila Monastery, another tourists attraction of Bulgaria. There's nothing fancy about these two masterpieces of architecture, nothing glamourous, but they just impress you with their uniqueness.

However, inside both the cathedral and the church of the monastery, photography is not allowed.

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01_Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.jpg
01_Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.jpg
02_The dome.jpg
02_The dome.jpg
03_Arch details.jpg
03_Arch details.jpg
04_Tower details.jpg
04_Tower details.jpg
05_Cathedral entrance.jpg
05_Cathedral entrance.jpg
06_Flower arrangement.jpg
06_Flower arrangement.jpg
07_Russian Church.jpg
07_Russian Church.jpg
08_Russian domes.jpg
08_Russian domes.jpg
09_National Theatre.jpg
09_National Theatre.jpg
10 Square in front of the theatre.jpg
10 Square in front of the theatre.jpg
11_Artistic statue.jpg
11_Artistic statue.jpg
12_Former Communist Party HQ.jpg
12_Former Communist Party HQ.jpg
13_Across from the former Communist Party HQ.jpg
13_Across from the former Communist Party HQ.jpg
14_Classical clock.jpg
14_Classical clock.jpg
15_Another classical building.jpg
15_Another classical building.jpg
16_Roman ruin.jpg
16_Roman ruin.jpg
17_Roman ruin.jpg
17_Roman ruin.jpg
18_Presidents office.jpg
18_Presidents office.jpg
19_ Code of arms of Bulgaria.jpg
19_ Code of arms of Bulgaria.jpg
20_The sun is too strong.jpg
20_The sun is too strong.jpg
21_New guards.jpg
21_New guards.jpg
22_Marching in.jpg
22_Marching in.jpg
23_Change of guards.jpg
23_Change of guards.jpg
24_Marching out.jpg
24_Marching out.jpg
25_Roman ruins and St George.jpg
25_Roman ruins and St George.jpg
26_The oldest church in Bulgaria.jpg
26_The oldest church in Bulgaria.jpg
27_Statue of Sofia.jpg
27_Statue of Sofia.jpg
28_Sofia closeup.jpg
28_Sofia closeup.jpg
29_St Petka Church.jpg
29_St Petka Church.jpg
30_Banya Bashi Mosque.jpg
30_Banya Bashi Mosque.jpg
31_A Catholic church.jpg
31_A Catholic church.jpg
32_An unusual Holy Cross.jpg
32_An unusual Holy Cross.jpg
33_An old building still in business.jpg
33_An old building still in business.jpg
34_National History Museum.jpg
34_National History Museum.jpg
35_Exhibition.jpg
35_Exhibition.jpg
36_Impressive ceiling.jpg
36_Impressive ceiling.jpg
37_Ancient  paintings.jpg
37_Ancient paintings.jpg
38_ Religious corner.jpg
38_ Religious corner.jpg
39_Colourful display.jpg
39_Colourful display.jpg
40_Door art.jpg
40_Door art.jpg
41_Magnificent interior.jpg
41_Magnificent interior.jpg
42_Parliament.jpg
42_Parliament.jpg
43_Sofia University viewed from the bus.jpg
43_Sofia University viewed from the bus.jpg
44_Rila Monastery.jpg
44_Rila Monastery.jpg
45_Church in the monastery.jpg
45_Church in the monastery.jpg
46_Church entrance.jpg
46_Church entrance.jpg
47_Narrow door.jpg
47_Narrow door.jpg
48_Corridor ceiling.jpg
48_Corridor ceiling.jpg
49_Ceiling fresco.jpg
49_Ceiling fresco.jpg
50_Wall fresco.jpg
50_Wall fresco.jpg
51_Front corridor.jpg
51_Front corridor.jpg
52_Corridor corner.jpg
52_Corridor corner.jpg
53_Side corridor.jpg
53_Side corridor.jpg
54_Another wing of the monastery.jpg
54_Another wing of the monastery.jpg
55_Staircase ceiling.jpg
55_Staircase ceiling.jpg
56_Plain and simple.jpg
56_Plain and simple.jpg
57_Curves.jpg
57_Curves.jpg
58_Balcony.jpg
58_Balcony.jpg
59_Watch your step.jpg
59_Watch your step.jpg
60_Cathedral in the street lights.jpg
60_Cathedral in the street lights.jpg