Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, Tallinn

4.5
A symbol of Estonia's former Tsarist rulers, Aleksander Nevski Katedraali 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 Aleksander Nevski Katedraali visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tallinn using our Tallinn trip maker tool .
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  • We’ve developed a real appreciation of Eastern Orthodox architecture and this cathedral is beautiful and just a sight to behold. Well worth a visit to view the lovely icons and architecture inside.  more »
  • Tourists flock from early. It's impressive, it's history, it's a magnet. It also hides the Estonian Parliament. It's worth your visit, but your attention. There's no other way. After all, is Russian imperial intervention...
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  • Astounding, I really liked it. The architecture is like cathedrals of Moscow and quite beautiful. Visiting inside is a must cause they are doing nice rituals. Behind the cathedral there is a magnificent garden with a viewing platform and some seats to rest for some moment.
  • This is a place of faith and a such, it is an honor to be able to enter it. Yes, photography is not allowed and men are expected to take their hats off. But really, it wasn't built and doesn't primarily function as a tourist spot. It would be nice then if women would bring a scarf or shawl to cover their heads but this is not required. The building is beautiful on the hill overlooking Tallinn and is interior is as appealing. It is Russian and built rather late, and isn't medieval in style. These seem poor objections to the place even if we grant Soviet hegemony is a fact of Estonian history. It is the beauty of the place and the ongoing faith community that makes this and other churches - including the much plainer Church of the Holy Spirit, off the square. During our visit, a liturgy was being chanted and thus we experienced not only the structure but the faith expression of the people. If you're going to be in Tallinn, why wouldn't you visit here for its beauty and its openness? There is a small gift shop that takes dollars and euros. Recommended.
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