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Russian Church

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Phones
+3592 986 27 15      
Address
Sofia, 3 Tsar Osvoboditel blvd.
Location
42.695694,23.328939
Description
The five domes are gold-plated. The church has two entrances - the south one faces the boulevard and the north one the garden. Each of them is ornated with St. Nikolay's image. The iconostasis of the Russian church is one-of-a-kind in Bulgaria - it is entirely ceramic and is an exact copy of the one from the Vladimir's council in Kiev. The temple is a monument of architecture and is under UNESCO's protection.
Historical Information
The church was built on the site of the Saray Mosque, which was destroyed in 1882, after the liberation of Bulgaria by Russia from the Ottoman Empire. It was built as the official church of the Russian Embassy, which was located next door, and of the Russian community in Sofia, and was named, as was the tradition for diplomatic churches, for the patron saint of the Emperor who ruled Russia at the time, Nicholas II of Russia. The church was designed by the Russian architect Mikhail Preobrazhenski in the Russian Revival Style, with decoration inspired by the Muscovite Russian churches of the 17th century.

Sofia, 3 Tsar Osvoboditel blvd.

+3592 986 27 15      

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The Russian Church, officially known as the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker. It is located in the centre of Sofia, at the juncture of Rakovski str and Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd It was built between 1907 and 1914 by the initiative of the Russian embassy and on its property for the needs of the Russian immigrants in Sofia.