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16th June 2019

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
There is an Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia and this one in Sofia Bulgaria. Who was Alexander Nevsky that he attracted such adoration?
17th June 2019

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Dave, thanks for your visit! Although I did not learn this information while in Sofia, when I did some research after our return I found that Nevsky was a Russian prince (and I believe is considered a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church). Apparently though the cathedral is named for him, it was also built in honor of the soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish war, and that these battles in the end aided in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. We saw similar tributes to a variety of people who aided in the struggle of Bulgaria to free itself from Ottoman rule.

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