Neo-Byzantine: The Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, Bulgaria
The cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia, Bulgaria, is one of the greatest works of Neo-Byzantine architecture, which was to eastern Europe what Neo-Gothic was to the west.
Construction began in 1882 to honor the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule. It occupies a prominent site in the center of the city, its gold domes visible from all around.
The interior does have a very Byzantine look, with domes looming up into the dimness, gold shining wherever light falls.
What caught my attention is the wonderful mosaics. Above, St. Eudoxia.
Alexander Nevsky. Nevsky (1221-1263) was a Prince of Novgorod who won several victories against German and Swedish invaders but then bent the knee to the Mongols, making Russia for a century a vassal state of the Golden Horde. He got his name at the age of 19 when he led a Russian force to defeat the Swedes on the banks of the River Neva. Other mosaics below.