About BGN 4 million Will Cost the Repair of "St. Alexander Nevsky"
Approximately BGN 4 million will be necessary for the repair of the church "St. Alexander Nevsky ". This became clear after the third meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Repair and Restoration Activities.
What is necessary to do is to improve the water supply and sewerage system, to overhaul the roofs, to fill certain established cracks with special mixtures, necessary and urgent repairs that are normal for building on this age.
The construction of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral started in 1882 (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 cathedral was designed by Alexander Pomerantsev, aided by Alexander Smirnov and Alexander Yakovlev, as the initial 1884-1885 project of Ivan Bogomolov was radically changed by Pomerantsev. The final design was finished in 1898, and the construction and decoration were done by a team of Bulgarian, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and other European artists, architects and workers, including the aforementioned architects, as well as Petko Momchilov, Yordan Milanov, Haralampi Tachev, Ivan Mrkvička, Vasily Bolotnov, Nikolay Bruni, Alexander Kiselyov, Anton Mitov and many others.
The marble parts and the lighting fixtures were created in Munich, the metal elements for the gates in Berlin, while the gates themselves were manufactured in Karl Bamberg's factory in Vienna, and the mosaics were shipped from Venice.
According to the experts, the approximate value of the repair will be about BGN 4 000 000, which is a few times less than the amounts spoken and circulated in the public space.
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will be acquainted with the results of the expert report. He initiated the initiative for the restoration of this main Bulgarian Orthodox temple, and will seek the assistance of the government for the realization of the next stages of the project.
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