St Alexander Nevski Cathedral is one of Sofia’s most famous monuments. This neo-Byzantine structure, which is surmounted by copper and golden domes, was built between 1882 and 1912 in honour of the Russian soldiers who died trying to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the War of Liberation in 1878. The cathedral, which is also one of the finest buildings in the Balkan States, takes its name from Alexander Nevski, the patron saint of the family of the Russian Tsar at the time, Alexander II. Visitors can also see the Icon Museum, located in the Crypt, which houses around 300 exhibits following the development of Bulgarian icon-painting from the ninth to 19th centuries. Sofia also has many other attractions, including the Rotunda of St George,St Sofia Church, the Church of St Nedely,Vassil Levski Monument and the Dragalevtsiand Boyana churches.
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