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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.

It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn.

Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory.

The cathedral was dedicated to the Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky, who led the famous Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipsi in 1242, which halted the German crusaders' eastward advance. It was deliberately placed in this prominent location right in front of Toompea Castle, on the same spot where a statue of Martin Luther had previously stood, to show the mainly Lutheran locals who was in charge. 

Now with the controversy long since faded, what's left is simply an architectural masterpiece. Designed by respected St. Petersburg architect Mikhail Preobrazhenski, the church is richly decorated in a mixed historicist style. The interior, filled with mosaics and icons, is well worth a visit.

The church's towers' hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes. You can hear the entire ensemble playing before each service.


Open/ Available

Mon-Sun 8-18

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nevsky@hot.ee

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No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
14
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
15cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Alexander Nevsky Cathedral "

4.5

February 16, 2018, by Fraser R

Lovely building in Tallinn, opposite Parliament building. Worth the climb up the hill. Beautiful inside this amazing building. Read more

"Beautiful Catheral"

4.5

February 13, 2018, by kevingriffin2016

Must see, very beautiful and central, 5/ 10 mins walk from the town hall square. 1 Euro for a candle at the shop, absolutely beautiful, only photos from the outside as not aloud once inside, which... Read more

"Beautiful church "

4.5

February 12, 2018, by JenniPenni8000

This is beautiful church and good place for short visits. Go in, buy a special candle and light its fire. Stop for a moment and experience the silence. Before leaving go to little shop inside the... Read more

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