Ivanovo Rock Churches
The wall paintings in the church devoted to “St. Mary “are world famous. They are among the most representative models of Palaeologus Art on the Balkan Peninsula. Their exceptional artistic qualities are the reason for their inclusion by UNESCO in the list of the global cultural inheritance in 1979. In the 14th century the monastery become a center of hesychasm, a mystical tradition of prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Today, the monastery is not active.
Sofia Synagogue and its History Museum
A Jewish History Museum of the Organization of the Bulgarian Jews “Shalom” has been operating in the Sofia Synagogue since 1992. The purpose of the museum is to find, explore and preserve items, pictures and documents, related to the Jewish culture and historical heritage in the country. It has two permanent exhibitions – The Jewish Communities in Bulgaria and the Holocaust and the Rescue of the Jews in Bulgaria.
The Cathedral “St. Alexander Nevsky”
The construction began in 1904, but the temple was completed in 1912 and inaugurated in 1924. The building covers an area of 3 170m² and can accommodate up to 5000 people. It has an impressive architecture which domes are covered with gold. The temple interior is unique with magnificent marble decorations, mural paintings and 62 icons, made by Bulgarian, Russian and Czech artists. Today, it is the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is the second largest orthodox cathedral on the Balkans after the Cathedral of St Sava in Belgrade.