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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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Shawnee, Kansas
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This cathedral has lovely glass and icons with GOD The Father reigning from the top of the ceiling. A visit here is worth the trip to Tarpon Springs.

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Salt Lake City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is a nice place to visit, full of history and the building is beautiful inside and is free with free parking

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St Albert Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This cathedral has the most amazingly beautiful decoration and painting I've ever seen . Certainly up to European standards and beyond. Well worth a visit.

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Southampton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Just go in! Whether during a liturgy or not. You would never think a small town like Tarpon Springs would have a church like this- but of course this is a very large and old traditional Greek community- so it makes sense!

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Linton, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We could not believe how beautiful the inside of the church was. Your first look inside the door is just breathtaking.We walked around thru it and admired the stained glass windows and the altar. Would love to come back and attend a church service there. Just a fyi they do close at 5.It is worth the time to stop here.

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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

After seeing a photo of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, Florida, we made a special trip to see it. What a beautiful church. It was open during the day and we were allowed to walk around and see all the wonderful art work. Worth the trip!

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