Sofia: Graffiti sprayer damages Alexander Nevsky cathedral

Written by on December 5, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Sofia: Graffiti sprayer damages Alexander Nevsky cathedral

An unknown graffiti sprayer has damaged the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral some days ago. The words “Legal weed and child porn!” were sprayed on its facade. Sofia residents told the media, including public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) about the incident.

Stefan Kalaidjiev, who works at the cathedral told BNT that those responsible had tried to erase the graffiti with solvent. But they had not been successful. The Metropolitan Inspectorate said that it would take care of the problem by deleting the message and by establishing who sprayed it.

The cathedral, the second biggest cathedral on the Balkan peninsula, needs more than just the removal of graffiti. According to BNT, the building’s drainage system needs to be renovated. At this stage, the cathedral’s walls are constantly wet, and mould is developing.

A planned renovation of the most important landmark in the Bulgarian capital has been postponed several times. While this year’s state budget does not include the funds necessary, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borissov recently said he would find a way to allocate 2.5 million leva for the renovation.

Candles are being lit, in memory of the dead.

Apart from the drainage system, the cathedral’s roof might have to be repaired.

The Alexander Nevski Cathedral covers an area of 3000 square metres. Its gold-plated dome is 45 metres high, the bell tower 53 metres. The construction of the impressive temple commenced in 1882. In 1912, the construction was completed.

 

 

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