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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 2692 reviews

Location (map)

Lossi plats 10, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.0km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

2.50km

Open/ Available

Mon-Sun 8-18

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nevsky@hot.ee

+372 644 3484

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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.


Location (map)

Lossi plats 10, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.0km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

2.50km

Open/ Available

Mon-Sun 8-18

Website

Visit website

Contact

nevsky@hot.ee

+372 644 3484

Information

More

Accessibility

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

"Beautiful cathedral "

4.5

July 13, 2018, by Zosia B

This is an absolutely stunning orthodox cathedral. Perched above the old town the architecture and details are amazing. Unfortunately photos are not permitted inside. Read more

"Most beautiful cathedral "

4.5

July 13, 2018, by KaisiKruus

One of the nicest cathedrals in the world! Located in the old town just walk away from the old town centre. There’s no pictures allowed inside (unsure why though) but if you’re sneaky enough you can... Read more

"An imposing Russian Orthodox cathedral"

4.5

July 12, 2018, by Hoinara

The church draws its great dimensions and extraordinarily beautiful construction. The interior is not as massive as I expected, but interesting, with a massive iconostasis and many icons. What... Read more

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