One of the best things about walking around the center of Sofia is that you can come across a great variety of buildings with remarkable architectures from different periodsback in time. Modern buildings with shining facades are surrounded bytidy old structures and ancient constructions. And the Russian Church is not an exception.
The Russian Church(the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker) has become one of the symbols of our city because of its outstanding appearance and great location. You will find it in the very central part of Sofia in close proximity to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre “Ivan Vazov”, the National Art Gallery and many other worth-seeing sights.
We don’t know the exact date when the planning and construction of the cathedral began,but it was somewhen in the end of the 19th century. The inauguration was not a time to celebrate either, because it occurred just in the eve of the First World War in 1914.
The architecture of the church is also unique because of the specific situation of the entrance and the altarin the shape of a right angle. This is not typical for Orthodox cathedrals.
Write down your wish and send it to Archbishop Seraphim
The crypt of the RussianChurch is the place whereyou can find the tomb of Saint Seraphim Sobolev – one of the most honored defenders of the Eastern Orthodox Religion who died in 1950. He was a saint of the Bulgarian and the Russian Orthodox churches and in 2016 it was the first case in history when two separate patriarchies conducted a common ceremony for canonization of a saint.
Archbishop Seraphim was famous for being able to support and encourage desperate people and to show them thatfaith would help them overcome all their misfortunes. He used to tell people that after his death they could visit his tomb and write down their prayers. He would always care and show them the solution to their sufferings.
You could now meet hundreds of people who believe that their faith and prayers to Seraphim have led to miracles such as healing of deadly diseasesand infertility, prosperity and happiness. Should you visit the Russian Church, don’t forget to write down your wish and send it to Archbishop Seraphim.
The Poet’s Café
You will find out more about this landmark in another article of ours but it is somehow related to the Russian Church.
The Poet’s Café used to be the place where politicians, authors, journalists, intellectuals and other people from the elite gathered and discussed everyday topics and news. The place became one of the symbols of our city but it was destroyed only for one night in 1976, surprisingly for everyone and against their will.
The actual reason for the destruction of the café is not known yet but one of the theories is that it was hindering the nice view towards the Russian Church.