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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a local landmark in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. This large cathedral was built in the neo-Byzantine style, and its lavish design elements make it one of the most striking and photogenic buildings in the city.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery and Museum of Art
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Kvadrat 500 National Gallery and Museum of Art
The Kvadrat 500 National Gallery and Museum of Art is home to nearly 2,000 pieces from the National Gallery's 42,000-strong collection of treasures. Opened in 2015, the museum is a bastion of Bulgarian history, with airy halls full of 19th and 20th-century Bulgarian art, and priceless pieces of national importance. As well as the Christian Art in Bulgarian Lands collection, which spans 1,600 years, the four-floor, 28-hall museum also boasts a wealth of European works, and exhibits of Asian, African and American art.
St. Nedelya Church
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St. Nedelya Church
St. Nedelya Church is a medieval monument that now stands as a testament to Bulgaria's years under Communist rule. The church was blown up in a terrorist attack in 1925 and has been reconstructed several times, making it an architectural wonder and a history lesson at the same time. Visitors can opt for a guided tour or take a self-guided tour with audio commentary.
The Church of St. George Rotunda
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The Church of St. George Rotunda
Dating back to the early 4th century, the Church of Saint George is considered Sofia's oldest building. Other than its impressive age, the rotunda also features five layers of frescoes. As you stare at the walls, make sure to keep an eye out for perhaps the most impressive of the lot, which dates back to the 10th century and shows the face of an angel in Bulgarian medieval style.
Dragalevski Monastery
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Dragalevski Monastery
Located near the Dragalevski residential area of Sofia, the Dragalevski Monastery (also Dragalevtsi) was established by Tsar Ivan Alexander in about 1341, and remained after the Ottoman conquest in 1382. Still functioning as a monastery today, tours of the site are a fascinating insight into the history of the monastery and of Bulgaria itself. The monastery is a designated cultural monument, and home to a library full of precious religious books and gospels.

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