The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia (Bulgaria).
Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as the most known Sofia's symbol.
To the left of the altar is a case displaying relics of Alexander Nevsky, given by the Russian Orthodox Church. Although the accompanying Bulgarian-language plaque refers simply to "relics", the item on display appears to be a piece of a rib.
Saint Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince. The cathedral was created in honour to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule.
The construction of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral started in 1882, when the foundation stone was laid, but most of it was built between 1904 and 1912.
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