What’s so Special About the Russian Church in Sofia?

Bulgaria, Sofia Guide (B): What’s so Special About the Russian Church in Sofia?

You know this church – you’ve seen it on so many pictures. It is a gorgeous building in the very heart of Sofia, standing there to remind us (and our guests) that Bulgaria and Russia have a common past.

But this isn’t what makes the church so special. Nor are the tulips, nor its golden domes (although they do add to its charm). There’s a reason which makes Bulgarians from all over the country go there just to leave a letter addressed to a person who is no longer amongst us. But we’ll get to this a little later.

This church, which we all recognize as the Russian, is actually named after St. Nicolas and the exact name is Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker. It is built on a piece of land owned by the Russian embassy in Sofia and was aimed to serve only the Russian immigrants in Bulgaria.

But why did they need a separate church? Aren’t Russians Christian Orthodox just as Bulgarians? In case this is what you’re thinking, then you’re absolutely right. The problem was that Bulgarian communist party tried to erase Christianity from the hearts of Bulgarians (yet another thing the regime failed at). I still have no idea what their motivation was, but I do know that people were not allowed to attend masses, have their children christened, nor even have a priest on funerals. At some point, things became so bad, that on all religious holidays churches were surrounded by the police to ensure no one walks in. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: What’s so Special About the Russian Church in Sofia?
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Sofia
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker   Russian embassy in Sofia  
Author: Nina Alexander
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