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Address: 36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL
Phone Number: +1 727-937-3540
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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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Step inside and you feel like it was 200 years ago. Breath taking!

Peaceful, gorgeous, awesome, architect, paintings & Spritual! Light a candle and let your prayers go up to heaven with your belief of healing, mentally and physical.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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kacbbq@hotmail.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Peaceful, gorgeous, awesome, architect, paintings & Spritual! Light a candle and let your prayers go up to heaven with your belief of healing, mentally and physical.

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Weston, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice example of a Greek church with icons and all. It is worth a few minutes of your time to walk the aisles and if you wish say a prayer in a nice surrounding.

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Thank Joe1234665
Arizona
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't dare miss this. I was totally stunned by the beauty of this magnificent place. Don't miss it during your visit to Tarpon Springs.

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st louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in town just to visit the sponge dock area and eat some Greek food. Decided to stop and take a peek. What a gorgeous church. Amazing Stain glass and wood work.

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Thank dswaggers
Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always love to have the chance to see lovely, well cared for places of worship. This church is a wonderful example of a caring and devout congregation. Very nicely adorned.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

A relatively modern church, built in the 40's, the artwork on the walls and ceilings were wonderful. Their giftshop sells the most wonderful icons!

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Thank Stephen M
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral appears as a latter day miniature Hagia Sophia (Byzantine style architecture). Its somewhat plain yellow brick exterior hides a richly layered interior typical of an older and wealthy Orthodox church. While several reviewers mentioned the stained glass I was drawn to the rich iconic paintings on the walls and ceilings. Take the time to sit... More 

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Thank Tampa_Turtle
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is a holy place full of history and beauty. The stained glass windows are incredible. We were met by a church employee and historian who gave us a tour of the interior and the history of the church. Very nice, worth the time. You might call to arrange a visit.

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I was really impressed by the beauty of the inside of this church. It is full of beautiful stained glass windows, and many gold and silver icons along the walls, and decorated painted ceilings with many religious scenes. We visited in the afternoon, after spending a wonderful day at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. We were the only visitors there.... More 

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Tarpon Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Spirit of The Lord dwells within this sanctuary!!! Come and relax in a pew...behold the glorious stain glass windows with their rich deep colors! Behold the sunlight dancing in the colors, that illuminate through out the sanctuary. The history is deeply intertwined with the Greek families of the area. The Greeks take so much pride in their heritage, culture... More 

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