Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, St. Petersburg

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View stunning architecture and design from the early 20th century at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the main church of the Russian Navy. After several failed architecture competitions, admiral Stepan Makarov hired Vasily Kosyakov, a Neo-Byzantine architectural master, to design the church. Construction on the large Russian Orthodox cathedral began in 1901 and continued until 1913, when it was opened to the public and dedicated to Navy servicemen who died at sea. Though the cathedral was converted to a cinema, and later a museum of the Navy, it was eventually reclaimed by the church. Nowadays you can tour the well-preserved structure. Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • It is an impressive building that you cannot miss passing it by. The inside view is unforgettable. I only took outside pictures, because I think everyone has to make his /her own first impression...  more »
  • This fabulous Cathedral is set in Kronstadt on Kotlin island in the Finnish bay. The island has a strategic position guarding the sea approach to St. Pet. While planning our trip, when I saw pictures....  more »
  • Once upon a time a Jesus of Nazareth expelled merchants from a Jerusalem temple only because they traded in its courtyard (not inside, like in this Navy Cathedral) but present-day local priests seem.....  more »
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  • Very beautiful cathedral both inside and outside. From the outside, the cathedral stands above the center of the city with an imposing grandeur that is hard to miss. On the inside, one can feel both a sense of fervor and amazement at the beauty and serenity of the place. The ornate and intricate artwork leaves you in awe. While the lavish and majestic icons gives a feeling of the majesty of God and the smallness of man. The cathedral is still functioning as a church, so sometimes one can catch Orthodox church services while inside the church.
  • One of the most magical places and the most beautiful Cathedral. Very interesting excursions, especially to the top under the main dome on the colonnade. You can enjoy an amazing view from the bird's eye.
  • Incredible place. Must go to the upper floor where the view is wonderful.
  • Gorgeous! Definitely worth seeing. Has a small museum.
  • What is might be most educational for foreign visitors is those huge stone plates (black ones with gold inscriptions) with the names of fallen Naval officers and "hands" in many military conflicts and routine accidents. About one forth of those is devoted to those who were killed while fighting for Crimea. Just look at it and think!

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