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“Interesting history”

Eglise Alexandre Newsky
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Walking Historical Tour of Biarritz
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91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Interesting history”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Not worth a special trip as a little run down but the leaflet they give you is very interesting about history of orthodox church

Visited July 2014
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Port Dover, Ontario
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“Kind of sad in it's present state”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

You see this beautiful building from many vantages along the beach, and it is elegant and grand, but something funny happens when you get up close because it seems to shrink. It is still beautifully shaped and proportioned but not as big as you had imagined from a distance. I think it's a combination of the elevated position and style, but in any case I found this interesting.

Open on Saturdays and Sundays only. When we went in about 2 p.m. on Sunday there was a gentleman giving a lecture in the main church so we just looked in and ducked out. Right from the rusted, in need of paint front iron gates to every other aspect of the interior and exterior this place needs a lot of work. It's not even a faded elegance type of situation, it's just plain dirty and run down. I understand that there is a very small group of people doing their best to look after this place, but it really makes you wonder why a deluxe town that relies heavily on tourism would allow this level of deterioration to such a significant building.

We spent about fifteen minutes here and left feeling we would have rather just had the image of the splendid exterior as a memory to take with us. Perhaps if we had been free to explore more we would have found some joy and inspiration.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank fillorino
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Sydney, Australia
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“No vodka or caviar here”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Before the 1917 Revolution,members of the Russian nobility arrived to take in the air....so many ,in fact,that they erected the Eglise Orthodoxe Russe. This byzentine Russian landmark was built in 1892 and its across from Biarritz's other landmark..the Hotel du Palais. They built it for the wintering aristocrats to worship when they were not enjoying champagne,caviar and basque prostitutes.
Its noted for for its gilded dome,the interior of which is the color of a blue sky on a sunny day. Admittance is strictly royal...only Saturday and Sunday from 3-6pm.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Not many Russian Churches in Europe. Besides seeing the beautiful architecture from the beach, the gold icons inside are cool too.

Visited May 2013
Thank Mike N
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