Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

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A symbol of Estonia's former Tsarist rulers, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral survived demolition and the state atheism of the Soviet Union and has since been restored to its turn-of-the-century glory. Visit the cathedral, finished in 1900, and seek out multiple cupolas built in classical onion-dome style. You can enter and explore the church's interior, complete with a series of mosaics, heavily decorated icons, stained-glass windows, and domed ceilings. Be sure to listen for the 11 huge bells hung in the cathedral towers, which you can hear ringing throughout much of Tallinn during the day. Plan your Alexander Nevsky Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tallinn using our Tallinn trip maker tool .
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  • The exterior of the cathedral is pretty, but the inside was a little bit boring and it was quite small. You're also not allowed to take any photos.  more »
  • Great and mighty Thrones it on top of Toompea, Temple Mount, at the highest point the Soviets planted this huge Cathedral to show who ruled the city and the country. To many people's grief and despair, but to the tourists ' great pleasure, and giant built from as late as 1900 has been wanted torn down many a time by the Estonians, but getting enough still stand there, since it's been one of the biggest tourist magnets in the old town. Well worth a visit or more, free entry and an almost magical feel you should experience, plenty to look at. three gold-plated altars and enormous décor, but remember, photography is prohibited. Open every day.
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  • The Russian church in Tallinn at the top of the hill. Full of glitter and ornate grandeur. Very very crowded but then there were four cruise ships in dock! Worth a visit but nothing to linger over.  more »
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  • A very nice and open orthodox cathedral just across from the Estonian parliament and castle. Still acts as a local church despite the location. Lots of nice paintings and icons around the church and some fantastic stained glass windows above the altar. Well worth a visit, take a seat and admire the art work.
  • A cathedral inspired by Russian influence. A beautiful church that still workship today. Near Tallinn square and walking distance. Capture the view front and back and dawn and dust.
  • Beautiful church! Not allowed to take pictures inside the building. I understand this bit it's still frustrating. They had a pretty extensive gift shop with a lot of booklets, mostly in Russian or at least using the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Beautiful and peaceful cathedral. Please wear a scarf inside in respect to the local members. Many ignore the signs 😞
  • Beautiful old church with the only black domes I have seen!

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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