Warsaw's Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene, Warsaw

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene is a Polish Orthodox cathedral, located at al. Solidarności 52 in Warsaw.
It opened in 1869, serving the needs of a growing community of Russians settling in the area of present-day Praga Północ. During the Second Republic, the cathedral became one of two free-standing Orthodox churches in Warsaw, which were not destroyed or adapted for other purposes.
It is the main Polish Orthodox Church. The cathedral is also the cathedral for the Diocese of Warsaw-Bielsk.
It was entered into the register of monuments on July 1, 1965 with No. 741.
Background of the need to build the cathedralSerious development of Praga, which took place in the second half of the 19th century, combined with the general development of Warsaw, meant thousands of people settled in the area. The incoming settlers were dominated by Russians and citizens of the eastern area of the Russian occupation, professing Orthodoxy. This was also the professed religion of the soldiers of the two Russian garrisons, which were located in Praga. In total, across the whole of Praga, Orthodoxy constituted ten percent of all residents. This population was forced to use a church located on the other side of the Vistula river, and there were repeated calls for the bishop of Warsaw and Ioannicius (Ioann Semyonovich Gorski - Archbishop of the Russian church) to undertake the construction of a new church. In November 1865, the governor of the Polish Kingdom Friedrich Wilhelm Rembert von Berg granted consent for the formation of a committee to oversee the construction of the church. Two years later, the bishop announced the launch of preparatory work.
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  • Were at the zoo, this church from him in a 15-20 minute walk. It was interesting to look at the main Orthodox church in Warsaw. The building was not damaged significantly during the Second World War, it is an original 19th century building
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  • So its inevitable that you visit warsaw and you are not greeted by a flurry of churches and cathedrals. All of which are unique and distinct in style. You can see them in Barouqe style, Gothic Style a...  more »
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  • Very beautiful Kathedral. Nice inside and sure worth visiting.
  • We went and looked inside. It was very beautiful but it felt wrong/disrespectful to be there, so we left. Also, despite previous reviewers taking pictures, there are clear signs saying no photos allowed inside
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