St. Alexander Nevsky is the symbol of Sofia and primary tourist attraction. The temple was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878.The bell tower is 53 meters high and has 12 bells, the heaviest of them weighing 12 tons, and the smallest one – 10 kg. Their ringing can be heard from a radius of 15 kilometers. St. Alexander Nevsky occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade. The entrance doors of the temple were made of Slavonia oak. Beautiful chandeliers at the entrance. This picture is taken inside the Cathedral.Oh, I love to take pictures of the ground. The domes of the temple are covered with gold and attract attention from miles away.
The temple interior is unique – it impresses with its magnificent marble decorations, with its mural paintings and 82 icons, made by Bulgarian, Russian and Czech artists. (photos: BulgariaTravel)Information: Wikipedia and BulgariaTravel
Photographs are by me.
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. It’s a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.
Amalfi Coast Map © 2006 by James Martin
In the 1950s Capri Island became a popular destination. In summer, the island is heavily visited by tourists, especially by day trippers from Naples and Sorrento.
Map of Capri by Morn the Gorn
Marina Grande is the main port of the island. Photograph: Wade 48Marina Piccola is the south harbor. Photograph: Angelo FerrarisThe Blue Grotto is one of the symbols of Capri. It’s one of several sea caves, worldwide, that is flooded with a brilliant blue light. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern.
Photograph: Frédéric de Goldschmi
Via Krupp is a historic switchback paved footpath, built between 1900 and 1902.
Photographs: 1.Averain 2. kudumomo, 3. roportalPiazza Umberto I (or La Piazzetta) is the most famous square of the island. It’s located in the historic center of Capri. Photograph: Elenagm
Faraglioni are one of the island’s natural wonders. Photograph: Wikipedia
Certosa di San Giacomo is a 14th century monastery near the town of Capri.
Caprisuite is a small charming hotel consists of only two rooms, both with private bathrooms. The rooms enjoy the exclusive use of certain areas: the inner courtyard for romantic dinners in garden, the lodge for breakfast time and the living room with its fireplace. (There are many hotels on the island, but I loved the design of this one.)
Photographs: caprisuite.it , facebook.com/capri.suite
Information: Wikipedia and About.com