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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 2991 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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Contact

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"

4.5

January 10, 2019, by lsd802508

in russian cristmas it was closed after 18..tis is very strange for us. there are very beautiful view near the Cathedral Read more

"History on the hill"

4.5

January 5, 2019, by Nanna K

This catheral is beautiful in the top of the Tallinn Old Town. You walk up through narrow alleys and get the feeling of going back in the history. Hadnt been there for years so we visited again... Read more

"Ornate Cathedral"

4.5

December 28, 2018, by AlanHassall

Decorated with gold, you wonder where the money came from to complete it, except, of course, its Russian. Staff not very helpful or friendly, and large central area closed off, but interesting to... Read more

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