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Explore Sofia | St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

3St. 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.IMG_6305IMG_6299IMG_6311The 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. IMG_63392St. 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.IMG_6300IMG_6306 The entrance doors of the temple were made of Slavonia oak.IMG_6334IMG_6317IMG_6316IMG_6314IMG_6333IMG_6332IMG_6329 Beautiful chandeliers at the entrance. IMG_6331IMG_6319This picture is taken inside the Cathedral.IMG_6324Oh, I love to take pictures of the ground. IMG_6308 IMG_6397The domes of the temple are covered with gold and attract attention from miles away. 
1IMG_6349The 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.

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Posts about Bulgaria

Below you’ll find links to all the posts I’ve written about Bulgaria so far. 😉

Church of St. GeorgeThe Rila Monastery St.Ivan of Rila
Boyana Church (photo: Todor Bozhinov)
The Glozhene Monastery (photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis)
Ivan Vazov National TheatrePlovdiv (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)Bulgarian Revival Architecture (photo: TwoWings)KaloferLovechBurgasBulgarian Projects (Red Apple Apartment Building, Graffiti Café, |CON|temporary Library Installation, Forget Your Past) Photo: Courtesy of Aedes StudioI/O Architects


Capri Island | Amalfi Coast, Southern Italy

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: The 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.
Photograph: fotoeweb.it
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


I ♥ Plovdiv

Here is a tip from me, if you are coming to Bulgaria don’t forget to visit Plovdid!! In my opinion, it is the most beautiful city in Bulgaria! There is a kind of magic in Plovdiv. It is the only city in Bulgaria where you can see remains of ancient, mediaeval, revival and modern culture and they don’t stand in each other’s way, they complement and enrich each other.
I was thinking how to start this post, there is so much to tell you about this city, but I guess Plovdiv is best-known for its Ancient theatre, which is the only restored and functional antique theatre in Bulgaria. It was built by Emperor Mark Avrelii in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan and between 1968 and 1984 it was studied, conserved and restored.
It is divided into two parts with 14 rows each divided with a horizontal lane and it could accommodate up to 7,000 people.One of the entrances.The three-story scene is on the southern part and is decorated with friezes, cornices and statues. Many events are still held on the scene, including the Verdi festival and the International Folklore festival.

The “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church is one of the oldest Christian temples in Plovdiv. It was built in 337 in honour of Emperor Konstantin and his mother Elena, who chased away the pagan Gods outside the confines of the Roman Empire. It was ruined and reconstructed several times by Romans, Greeks, Turks and Bulgarians. In the beginning of 19 c. the Bulgarian patriot Todor Moravenov undertook one sacred deed – he initiated the collection of voluntary donations for the reconstruction of the church. The paints inside “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church have preserved their unfading brighitness ever since. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go inside the church. 😦
The bell tower of the church.The Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum has occupied the 1847 house of the rich merchant Argir Kuyumdzhioglu in the city’s Old Town. He was a prominent homespun trader who owned a company in Vienna. The house has been described as a prime example of Plovdiv’s specific mid-19th century Baroque architecture. It has two stories on its west side and four stories on its east side, 12 rooms, airy salons and a symmetric facade. Both the house’s interior and exterior decoration rely on sophisticated floral motives. The ceiling in each room is wood-carved. The house has an inner yard with a gorgeous garden!How cute are these small stores!!  Some of them sell antiques 😉Ahhh, beautiful!!Sources: plovdivcity.netwikipedia.orgplovdiv.org

I was in Plovdiv last week just for a day, but I have more then 200 pictures. Which means that I will write more posts about this city. Stay tuned!

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My trip to Kalofer

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Stunning museum!!


It is situated at an elevation of 2,509 m on top of Timmelsjoch, Austria. Designed by Werner Tscholl Architects, the Pass Museum pays tribute to the pioneers of the high alpine road and their remarkable accomplishments, also shows visitors facts about the history of the name Timmelsjoch.

Разположен е на височина от 2.509 м на върха на Timmelsjoch, Austria. Проектиран от  Werner Tscholl Architects,  музеят отдава почит на пионерите на високите алпийски пътища и техните забележителни постижения, също така представя на посетителите факти от историята на Timmelsjoch.

Photography: feeldesain