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Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13692 W: 295 N: 27269] (109493)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-14
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Bulgaria
Date Submitted: 2011-03-16 0:34
Viewed: 6310
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 164
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral is a memorial Cathedral build with the efforts of the whole Bulgarian people in memory of the thousands Russian,Bulgarian,Moldavian,Ukrainian,Finnish and Romanian soldiers who from 1877 to 1878 laid their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire.

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Bulgarian: Храм-паметник „Свети Александър Невски“, Hram-pametnik „Sveti Aleksandar Nevski“) is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia's symbols and primary tourist attractions.The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can hold 10,000 people inside.It is the biggest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula.

The construction of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral started in 1882[2] (having been planned since 19 February, 1879), when the foundation stone was laid, but most of it was built between 1904 and 1912.Saint Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince. The cathedral was created in honour to the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from Ottoman rule.

The name of the cathedral was briefly changed to the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral between 1916 and 1920 (since Bulgaria and Russia belonged to opposing alliances in WWI), but then the initial name was restored. The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was proclaimed a monument of culture on 12 September 1924.

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2011-03-16 0:51]
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Kalimera Dano,
taxidaki stin Boulgaria :)
poli oraia foto tou epivlitikou naou,kali epilogi simeiou lipsis kai apsogo kadrarisma!

un POV impressionant
un traitement HDR?
une belle presentation de cet edifice

Bonjour Danos
Un gros plan bien réussi qui nous permet de voir les détails de cette belle architecture.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2011-03-16 1:18]

Hello Danos!
Very good crop to show us the interesting and nice architecture of this cathedral. In spite of the lack of light, the image looks great. TFS!


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-03-16 1:22]

Kalimera Danos,
very nice architecture of Cathedral. Amazing cupoles, windows and roofs. Good informations in note. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.

Hi Danos
the lighting wasn't very kind to you, thats a shame, but wow...what a structure! i can see why you wanted to capture this beauty.
the progression from wide to narrow makes it look strong and proud
great sharpness to capture the rooftops and all the details
nice one

ciao Danos,
monumentale questa Cattedrale con i vari livelli delle cupole che sembrano incastrarsi tra loro.
Malgrado la luce, immagine molto incisiva presentata con un bel taglio stretto che mostra i particolari costruttivi,
buona giornata

An impressive cathedral and an equally impressive photo.
The architecture is outstanding with so many arches and domes and I like the way you have framed it closely to looks like a pyramid. The cloudy weather adds a moody atmosphere. Very good PP work, you managed to obtain lovely colours.
An excellent work,

Hi Danos, A wonderful construction, I love all the domes & the green & gold, the people offer some nice scale, a very interesting Cathedral, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Hi Danos,
I have never been in Bulgaria but this is probably the most impressive piece of architecture, the most famous and recognizable. Great postcard like view, I would like to see it some time in the future. I like the symmetry of your composition.

Hello Danos,

Pretty straightforward composition, which does full justice to this magnificant construction. Lovely dark tones. Maybe a hint of PP on the left where the sky meets the building? I also like the presence of the two walking people there.


Hi Danos,
a beautiful photo of this imposing cathedral, the composition is attractive, beautiful details and soft lights, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!

We don't see many pic.s from Bulgaria on TE , nice contribution, Danos.
I recon this Cathedral is in mid-town Sofia, and I see it's most impressive.
Well taken from POV,

Hello Danos!
Magnificent cathedral with wonderful architectural details!
Very attractive picture! I miss a tiny bit more of sharpness, contrasts and brightness, but I do like its symmetrical composition, chosen pov and colors!
TFS - congrats,

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-03-16 5:20]

Hello Danos,

Really appreciable to be able to have enough retreat to photograph this marvellous religious building. Architecture is superb and imposing when one sees the two characters walking to side. I like much the quality of the image as well in the colors as in the lights and this splendid sky gives an interesting dynamics to the catch of sight. Pretty and interesting glance which enables us to appreciate each detail, thank you Danos.

With all my friendships and an excellent day,


Hi Danos,
An impressive cathedral both for its size and for its interesting architecture. Good clarity and contrast in spite of no sun. Also a good tight framing. TFS!

Hi Danos,

The point of view is allowing me to mdistinguish the details and colors of the architecture of the Saint-Alesander Nevsly Patriarchal cathedral. It is well framed. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


hello Danos
magnificent architecture,enhanced by superb soft colors ans light.

Hello Danos,
A beautiful photo of this imposing cathedral, the composition is attractive, beautiful details and soft lights.

Dobar dan-popodne.
Lep hram posvecen ljudima koji su poginuli u ratovima sa Turskom imperijom i oslobodjenje Bugarske ...
Dobar tekst sa lepim secanjem, lepa fotografija.
Prijatno popodne, kod nas oblacno.
Sve najbolje.


Good day-afternoon.
A beautiful temple dedicated to people who have died in wars with the Ottoman Empire and the liberation of Bulgaria ...
Nice story with beautiful memories, beautiful photos.
A lovely afternoon, we Cloudy.
All the best.

Hi Danos
what an amazing looking cathedral. I love your POV and composition makes the building look so majestic and dramatic. A wonderful image with perfect sharpness and detail. Excellent!


Bonjour Danos
Excellente image, avec une perspective et un traitement que j'aime bien, pour son originalité, bravo

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  • quillo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 417 N: 1877] (11856)
  • [2011-03-16 8:52]

Hi Danos .....

Nice and elegant postcard of the Cathedral,
the tones and the light in perfect balance,
the teacher's framing, I like.

Un saludo amigo.

Γεια σου Δάνο,
εντυπωσιακή η παρουσίαση του Καθεδρικού ναού,με την εξαιρετική αρχιτεκτονική και τουε τρούλους πράσινους και χρυσούς, να κάνουν την φωτογραφία πιό ενδιαφέρουσα.


Hello Danos,

A very efficience framing and too a POV well selcetd for the presntaion of this beautiful religious edifice. Very good managment of light under an impressive sky with nice colors nad contrast. The two human silhouet on the right give a mysterious element of life and too an idea of the scale of the edifice.
Best regards,

Hi Danos,
the neo-Byzantine architecture of this orthodox Cathedral is magnificent, its forms and its domes have a great geometric beauty, and you have caught it in all its brilliance by means of a very well select framing.
I like the graphism and the perspective of the composition.
Only two people, which with his presence they prevent from being a totally empty street.
A good work, my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Danos,
Yes, this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bulgaria: a real architectural masterpiece.
Taken from the best angle and very nice with the many domes in green or yellow.
The sky, different at both sides of the cathedral, makes a wonderful background.
Best regards, Paul

Ciao Danos,
davvero sbalorditiva la bellezza di questa Cattedrale, un'architettura pazzesca difficilmente pensabile come opera umana, invece è così!
La tua inquadratura le rende grande onore, perfetto il POV dal suo angolo, eccellente la qualità dello scatto. Un caro abbraccio.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9583 W: 157 N: 15497] (123957)
  • [2011-03-16 13:28]

Witaj Danos!
Wow super object!
Wonderful architecture.
Good frame and interesting colors.
Well done.
Best regards

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική η φωτογράφιση του επιβλητικού ναού με πολύ καλή επεξεργασία, όμορφα χρώματα, ωραιότατη διαχείριση του φωτός, πολύ καλά διαλεγμένη γωνιά λήψης και προοπτική.
Να 'σαι καλά, Βασίλης.

Hi dear Danos,
perfect photo with very impressive architectural building under the cloudy sky.a great point of view and framing.wonderful ambiance.also nice textures..TFS


Bom dia Danos

An impressive photo of this beautiful Cathedral.The architectural lines are amazing.Superb photo. TFS

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10118 W: 144 N: 25314] (123311)
  • [2011-03-16 23:53]

Hi Danos,

Impressive cathedral, well selected POV, great colours. Not so many photos from Bulgaria on TE. Thanls for sharing.

Have a nice day


HI Danos,
Very fine postcard with that impressive cathedral. What a splendid architecture. Good catch, have a nice day.

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2011-03-17 1:44]

Hello Danos,
I like churches built in Byzantine style very much. This one is especially beautiful and very big. You have captured it with excellent composition, good colors and perfect quality despite the not very sunny weather at the moment of the capturing. Very good presentation of this historic and architectural monument!
Best regards,

Hello Danos,

An impressive piece of architecture!
The design with the many domes gives a strong impact....
The building is well framed and captured with sharp fine details, the use of the partly clouded sky makes a fine effect!

Pablo -

Ciao Danos,
molto ben scelto il POT per questa cattedrale che a prima vista sembra una moschea.
Nonostante la giornata prevalentemente nuvolosa, sei riuscito a gestire bene la luce.


Hello Danos!

Good shot
A beautiful cathedral and very high.
-colors are a bit sober
-good framing
-good composition

A beautiful evening

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  • ngk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 51 N: 216] (2413)
  • [2011-03-17 11:32]

Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική παρουσίαση αυτού του επιβλητικού ναού. Έχεις καδράρει πάρα πολύ ωραία και έχεις διαχειριστεί το φως εξαιρετικά.
Καλό βράδυ
nasos k.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15430 W: 159 N: 26989] (141616)
  • [2011-03-17 11:38]

Hi Danos
Magnifique architecture, particulière et imposante, excellent cadrage, détails et couleurs sur le fond doux du ciel
Belle soirée

Namaste Danos,
it is really an picturesque cathedral. Great capture using nice POV. Excellent clarity and sharpness. A very nice photograph where we can see the details of it. Great shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Hi Danos,
Good frame to show the entire feature of a giant church, very nice an old architecture that comprises various geometrcal shapes, dim version in a cloudy day increase the old feel, tidy image, good shoot.

Πανέμορφο και τεράστια εκκλησία ναού. στερεά ευθεία της υπνωτικό βλέμμα. Υπέροχα χρώματα και εξαιρετική ποιότητα.
Δικός σας

Hi Danos,
Beautiful architecture well taken, good pov and soft light, good symetrical composition, interesting to share.

- Incredible technical quality for this impressive cathedral Danos, wonderful light and true color accuracy, excellent PoV, congratulations for a perfect picture !
Have a nice weekend.

Hi Danos
what a splendid religious building, photographed by you with great ability. I love a little dark atmosphere that is apt to what this construction represents. compliments, a great work indeed.
have a good evening

Hi Dano!
Really impressive this building and the comment.
Your photo has a high quality, congratulations!

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2011-03-19 4:56]

Geia sou Danos
An impressive monument under a light providing interesting contrast. The two people down there shows us how big is this church!
Ta leme

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-03-19 6:26]

Hi Danos
Very strange architecture, very original design.
The point of view is very appreciable.
Best regards

Hello Danos,
The chosen point of view gives a very spectacular aspect to the cathedral. I appreciate the light and the soft colors, as well as the excellent neatness. Magnificent work. Congratulations.
Have a nice day

Hi dear Danos,
Very nice capture of this famous cathedral in Sophia.
Perfect pov, creating a nice symmetrical look.
Very good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • Ricx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 994 W: 51 N: 2900] (13495)
  • [2011-03-19 10:50]

Hi Danos, what symetry- unbelievable architecture and design.. good POV to capture it so well congrats Rich

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  • andywo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 16 N: 164] (4725)
  • [2011-03-19 11:45]

Hi Danos
What an unusual and very original architecture!
The composition, colours and light are just perfect.
Warm regards,

Hello Danos,

Although there appears to be quite a bit of blue in the sky, the light over the building doesn't seem to be to your advantage, yet you have still managed to capture the beautiful, tiered structure with good sharpness. It reminds me of a wedding cake, with its mant tiers and ornate decoration. I think you were absolutely right to comp9ose it in a very symmetrical way, which suits the shape of the building.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Danos!

It looks impressive and beautiful, very good point of view choosen to enhance volumes, the play of contrasts and lines is very good, even simmetry play is perfectly realized, broken by sky gradation and colour tones...Very good!!

Have a nice day...


Bonjour Danos,
Cette cathédrale en impose par sa masse et par son style. Ta photo la met bien en valeur avec un bon POV et un beau traitement des couleurs.

Hi my dear Danos

So powerful and impressive shot with so clear and sharp presentation by stable framework. The solemn atmosphere this architecture has is overwhelming.
Many thanks for your warm and sincere attention.
The situation here seems to recover better gradually.
Thanks for your sharing fine work, which give me an ease and have a nice happy Sunday!

Best regards,

Ola Danos ,
Beleza esta catedral em Sofia sua arquitetura é linda , bom ponto de visão , parabéns !!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Your picture shows this impressive architecture in fine detail and color.It reflects the gravity of its history well.Friendly regards Wolf.

Hi Danos.
Wonderful image of this spectacular church, I love the sequence of these measures domes, up to the great central dome is a stylish building with a beautiful aesthetic.
Very good light with a beautiful color, good work to enjoy it.
I wish you a good start to the week.
Best regards.

Hi Danos. Clear view of the famous cathedral. Nothing disturbs the view of the structure. The cathedral is impressive in its beauty. Well undpräsentiert observed. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Hola Danos
Very nice and clever capture, like the POV you chose to show the cathedral
Almost dark but you manage ( HDR? ) to show very well the architectural details
As always very interesting note

Kalimera dear Danos

I love your architecture shots, there are not enough of them however. Beautiful details, perspective and contrast. The image is so sharp it seems to jump out of the frame at me. Congratulations - and this building is fascinating.

Geia sou

Hi Danos,

Very impressive architecture of this lovely cathedral. The image is crystal clear and the colors are very soft. Nice symmetrical shot.


Beautiful and imponent construction. I like the green and golden colors contrast with the stark grey of the stone. Great work, congratulations!

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-03-26 23:17]

Hello Danos
Perhaps the most famous cathedral of Sofia, the massive edifice has been well captured from this corner POV which not only shows the massive structure but also the beauty of the contrast between the domes & the sky. The two people offer scale! Well done!

Privet, Danos,
Thanks. I have never seen this Cathedral. Wonderful architectural shapes and good PoV! Fine details and the interesting and useful note.

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  • BWJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 918] (3094)
  • [2011-03-28 18:56]

Hello Danos,
The architecture of the cathedral is beautiful. I especially like the symmetry. The quality of the image is impressive with lovely colors and clarity, sharp details and a very good perspective.
Kind regards,

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2011-03-30 8:38]

what a wonderful build that i've wanted to see this one now :) great posing and perspective.
Ta leme my friend!


Hello Danos
First of all a fantastic informative text that accompanies this wonderful work.
The fascinating architecture of this magnificent religious buildings.
The perfect moment you capture.
Beautiful indeed, I am thrilled.
Best regards dear friend

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2011-04-09 5:06]

Hi Danos. Majestic building, impressive architecture. The tight composition accentuates its grand scale. Lovely natural colours and light. Good idea to include the human figures for scale. Regards. Klaudio.

Hi Danos,
A great building with many fine details. Well balanced and good symetry!
Best Regards

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10498 W: 174 N: 17824] (79159)
  • [2011-05-19 3:15]


amazing architecture. I liked the shapes over the other shapes here. excellent lower pov that make the building more powerful and beautiful. nice sharpness and light. well done



Hello Danos,

I remember well commenting on the facade of this incredible structure. Mountain like volume is very fascinating. Low POV and its angle gives the cathedral a dignity. Looking straight up at the East-end gives us the complex and impressive view of this architecture. Dynamic BG, the sky above is another intriguing element in your photo. Two figures right behind the structure gives us a very effective scale to the edifice. Immensity of the cathedral is well taken.

Very best wishes, dear Danos

P.S: I thank you once again for your help.

Hi Danos,

very impressive view of this cathedral and an interesting sky. good management of light. TFS, best regards, F.

Hello Danos,

this is an excellent shot, I like the image of this fantastic cathedral, details are very good, good job my friend,

Best regards,


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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2012-10-05 20:22]

Hello Danos !!
Wow..... what a magnificent building with soft lines..... quite large but NOT bulky
good proportions..... hence you photo is very, very good.
You got on a day when the sky is quite impressive.
I am glad that you got so many points.
have a nice week end.

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2013-01-24 15:37]

Hi Danos,

What an exquisite cathedral, and so well photographed. This vantage point lends itself well to the many dimensions of the architecture, wise choice in positioning. Simple colors but bold in nature, fine details and sharpness. I like the two people walking by, it really adds to the scope and scale of this beautiful building. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo.



Sofia..what a nice place Danos..
Global view of this monument,
Excellent colors, clear shot, good exposition
A special architecture
Best regards

Hi dear Danos
Very nice shot of this beautiful architecture. Exposure well done. Thanks for sharing

Dear Danos,
huge Orthodox church, amazing architecture, good POV and DOF, good contrast and sharp, nice natural colors.
Thanx for sharing.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2016-05-17 20:55]

Dear Danos,
A big successful plan that allows us to see the details of this beautiful architecture.
Thank you for sharing. here is very close to me but I still did not go

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