The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the landmarks of the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia. The foundation stone of this Russian Orthodox Church was laid in 1882 to designs by the Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev. Its construction actually took place between 1904 and 1912. The neo-byzantine cathedral is situated on Alexander Nevsky Square in central Sofia. The church is dedicated to the national saint Alexander Nevsky and Tsar Alexander II. It is a memorial to the 200,000 Russian soldiers who fell in the Russian-Ottoman War of 1877/1878, which resulted in Bulgaria being liberated from Ottoman rule.