Discover the most striking Russian Orthodox church in Tallinn. You can’t help but notice the beautiful, distinct black onion dome-like towers of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, that make it an architectural delight.
The church was built from 1895-1900 during the Russian rule of Estonia. It was designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky, an architect from St. Petersburg. It is an example of Russian Revival Style and Neo-Byzantine architecture. The church can hold up to 1,500 people.
It took 500 soldiers using ropes to raise the 11 bells to the church tower. The bells total weight is 27 tons. The largest bell weighs nearly 18 tons. These bells came from the St. Petersburg Vassily Orlov’s bell foundry.
The church was closed during the German occupation and reopened in May, 1945.
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands on Toompea Hill across from Toompea Castle. The towers can be seen from many areas of Old Town.
The church is going through a period of restoration. All work done is to the same standard as the original design. The five new iron crosses made in St. Petersburg, Russia replaced the rusted ones.
- The church was named after Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Nevsky.
- Churches with the same name can be found in Sofia, Bulgaria and in Novosibirisk, Russia.
- Built from 1885-1890.
- The bell tower holds 11 bells.
- The bells total weight is 27 tons.
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