The building of St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Church
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St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Church. The foundation stone was laid in 1882 by Knyaz Alexander I Battenberg. Actually, the construction started in 1904 and was completed in 1912, and the consecration took place in 1924. Russian architect A. Pomerantsev stood at the lead of the architectural team, while a total of 24 Russian and Bulgarian artists made the murals and the mosaics decoration. The facades were clad in stone from Vratsa Region, while marble from Sienna and Carrara, onyx from Brazil, alabaster, and other precious minerals were used for the interior setting. The Museum of Christian Art is housed in the Crypt of the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In the Crypt of the cathedral there is a permanent exhibition of iconographic patterns from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance which have been collected from various parts of Bulgaria. The Museum of Christian Art is a branch of the National Gallery.