Places of Worship in Bulgaria

Due to the eclectic makeup of the many different religions in Bulgaria, there is a wide diversity of religion associated buildings in the country, including churches, mosques, and synagogues. Here we will take a look at some of the most important and influential buildings in the country, which are mainly situPhoto1114ated in the capital Sofia, and will take a brief look at the history of them.

As Orthodoxy is the primary religion in the country it is no surprise that the main religious building in the country is an Orthodox one. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, located in the capital Sofia, is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and also serves as the head of the religion in Bulgaria. The structure is in Neo-Byzantine style and was built between 1904 and 1912, making it somewhat new in comparison to other religious buildings not only in Bulgaria but around the world.

Another vitally important Orthodox structure in the city is the St Nedelya Church, otherwise known as the Holy Sunday Church. This building is somewhat older having been built in 1867 but it is thought that the building has been there in some form or another since the 10th century, though not as we know it today.

Being the second largest religion in the country, it is no surprise that there are many important Islamic places of worship in Bulgaria. The most imposing and important of these is the Banya Bashi Mosque. It is actually much older than many of the Orthodox churches and was constructed around 1576 when Bulgaria was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. It was designed by the popular Muslim architect Mimar Sinan. The name of the mosque translates as ‘many baths’ because the structure was built over a large collection of thermal spas. It is most famous for its large dome which is a staggering 15m in diameter.