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Address: 36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL
Phone Number: +1 727-937-3540
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Description: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first...
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first and original Greek Orthodox Christian parish of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The present Cathedral was completed during WWII, in 1943. Much of the interior marble, including the iconostasis (icon screen), is from the Greek pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Cathedral contains actual relics of St. Nicholas of Myra and is a point of pilgrimage for those who seek the intercessions of this most beloved of Christian saints. The Cathedral tower is the tallest architectural structure in Tarpon Springs and serves as the heart of the downtown and city. In the plaza to the north of the Cathedral is the famous "Cross Diver" statue which captures the pinnacle of the annual Epiphany Day (January 6) celebration for which the St. Nicholas Cathedral parish is known the world over. At the base of the statue are the names of young men - Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox Christian - who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II.
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Beautiful church

Well worth the time to stop and go inside. There is usually a volunteer to answer questions and share some of the lore. This is a beautiful greek othodox church.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Well worth the time to stop and go inside. There is usually a volunteer to answer questions and share some of the lore. This is a beautiful greek othodox church.

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Helen, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This a beautiful Byzantine church with many stained glass windows and icons painted on the walls. Unusual and worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A little out of town but easy to find and very pretty church. Typical white interior of Greek churches and beautiful stained glass windows.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a gorgeous cathedral. It is a Greek traditional church but the architecture is definitely worth seeing on your visit to Tarpon Springs.

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Lima, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a beautiful cathedral. You can have a tour or just go in and enjoy the art on your own. If you want to avoid the crowds on Dodecanese take a side trip here.

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Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We stopped at this church as we were exploring Tarpon Springs and this stop was very interesting. The people in the church were welcoming and that was very nice.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a rather small church, but it is breathtakingly beautiful inside. Murals, stained glass windows, chandeliers, and more. Candles burning and original wood pews add to the beauty. I recommend a trip to see this place of worship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This relatively tiny marble work of art is a must-see site in the Greek section of Tarpon Springs (near the Sponge Docks). Unfortunately, although the church was open for an upcoming wedding, there was no one present to answer our many questions. I am only slightly familiar with the furnishings of an orthodox church, but the icons were positively ravishing.... More 

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FatherTaso, Presiding Priest at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, responded to this review

We do have a man onsite much of the week who is knowledgeable in the history of the parish and the architecture of the Cathedral. We are working of extending his hours and "upping our game." We thank you for your suggestion and your interest in visiting St. Nicholas Cathedral. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Don't leave Tarpon Springs until you have visited this beautiful Greek Orthodox Church right in the center of downtown Tarpon Springs. It helps to have some previous knowledge of the orthodox tradition and icons. The symbolism in the church is fabulous. You can't leave this church without being touched by the Spirit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been wanting to stop by here for 6 months and when I did today, I wished I had earlier. Truly beautiful! I have never been in a Greek Orthodox Cathedral before and it was breathtaking. Be sure to read about the portrait of St. Nicholas.

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