Russian Church of Saint Nicholas

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Russian Church SofiaThe beautiful white and green building of the Russian Church with its five onion-shaped golden domes is one of the city’s prettiest places of worship.

The church is designed in the traditional style of Moscow church from 15th century and built by Russian workers in 1912-1914. Named after St. Nikolas “the Blessed and the Miracle maker,” it was constructed on demand of a Russian diplomat, who was scared to worship in Bulgarian churches, which he believed to be schismatic.

The most visited place in the church is the crypt, with the marble tomb of Bishop Serafim who is revered by many Bulgarians as a saint although he is still not canonised. His tomb is something of an icon and many people come here with handwritten pleas, which they leave in a box by the bishop’s sarcophagus

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