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The 1st Orthodox Church We Visited in St. Petersburg.

The Naval Cathedral was the first Orthodox church we visited on our 72 hours visa free tour of St... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Edmonton, Canada
A must see Cathedral

This is an active Church and very beautiful both outside and in. There is only Access to the front... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2018
London, United Kingdom
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One of the best examples of Baroque-style architecture, this splendid blue and white "Sailors' Church" topped with five glistening golden cupolas contains many 18th-century icons, ten magnificent paintings and walls that convey the history of the...more
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Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 August 2010

This cathedral is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Theater Square with Mariinsky Opera House. It is one of St Petersburg’s oldest and most beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, designed in the mid-18th century Russian baroque style. If you decide to visit it, come at...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2016

Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany is a pretty church with a nice bell tower, and it's a good excuse to walk through a bit of St. Petersburg you may not otherwise see. There is a little park in front with lots of families and...More

1  Thank HMKaren
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

This remains a functional church, also with a second floor (no tourist access) meaning the interior is less grandiose and relatively small, however no less ornate than other churches you may visit. Worth a visit of you have some extra time, the most beautiful views...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2018

The Naval Cathedral was the first Orthodox church we visited on our 72 hours visa free tour of St. Petersburg. This was also the place we learn that Russian orthodox churches do not have benches or chairs, everyone stands or knee. The church exterior colour...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2018

This is an active Church and very beautiful both outside and in. There is only Access to the front part of the Church, although this is quite a large area. The other part is for those who attend services. I can understand why they rope...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Perhaps because it is an active church, it has a special atmosphere. Access only appeared to be for the lower church (apparently there is an upper church as well but not sure how you access it) and much of the lower church was also roped...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

At least this church was never closed even during the communist time, you can feel the very special atmosphere, the icons are really old and there are piece of arts Forbidden to take pictures inside From outside It s really photogenic specially the view from...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

The cathedral is quite nice but the area for turist is not so big so it's limited how much of the inside you can see.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We didnt have time to go inside, but included it in our walking tour around the city. I recommend walking along the channels and taking a look at this beautiful church!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We visited this cathedral only because it was very near to our hotel, the excellent Alexander House Boutique Hotel. On a snowy Monday morning, we walked to the church. The small church and surrounding were blanketed in snow. We did not linger on and moved...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I saw the domes of Nicholas from the viewing deck of St Isaacs and decided to walk here. It took a wee while but was worth the walk. From the outside the church is spectacular with the golden domes and the striking light blue colour....More

Thank fab55
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is one of the more attractive cathedrals to visit whilst in St Petersburg. No entrance fee to go inside, but of course no photos permitted of the interior. Exterior looks decent and no photo restrictions there. Worth a look, and worth going out of...More

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