The Cathedral of St Joseph is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Sofia. The cathedral was rebuilt at its previous location after it was destroyed by Allied bombing raids during World War II. The foundation stone of the new cathedral was laid personally by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Bulgaria in 2002. It was inaugurated on 21 May 2006 in the presence of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.

“Saint Joseph” is the largest Catholic cathedral in Bulgaria. It has 350 seats and can hold up to 1,000 worshipers. The main body of the cathedral is 23 meters long, 15 meters wide, and 19 meters high with a roof height of 23 meters. The tower is equipped with four electronically operated bells, is 33 meters high. Over the altar stands 7 meter wooden cross of Christ. Under the cross is the icon of Mary (mother of Jesus), given by Patriarch Maxim at the dedication of the temple.

To the fence of the cathedral is a statue of Pope John XXIII, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II during his visit in 2002 in the parish.

On both sides of presbytery are two statues, the patron of St. Joseph Cathedral and Capuchin patron St. Francis of Assisi.

Inside you can see several statues: on the right side of the entrance is the icon of God’s Mercy with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust to thee.” At the entrance is the statue of the Mary (mother of Jesus) in Lourdes in 1858 appeared to St. Bernadette Subiru to be declared as a pure conception. On the other side of the gate of the cathedral are the statues of some of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church – St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Carmelite barefoot and St Anton from Padua Franciscan.

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  • Address 146 Kniaz Boris I str., Sofia
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