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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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My grandfather was one of the Sponge Boat captains who gave 10% of the catch for several years to build St. Nicholas. It is a beautiful church with a dome modeled on the dome of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My grandfather was one of the Sponge Boat captains who gave 10% of the catch for several years to build St. Nicholas. It is a beautiful church with a dome modeled on the dome of Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. The iconography is well done and for someone who has never traveled to Europe, a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The artwork in this church is amazing. Alot of history to the church and you can spend hours just viewing the interior. There was a gentleman there that told us alot about the church and about the work which has been completed...Definately worth the stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

While this is not in the tourist district, it is the best thing we saw in Tarpon Springs. Well worth a stop. Lovely stained glass and architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

I have visited St. Nicholas cathedral many times as I'm Greek Orthodox and it is my church I go every Sunday with my family. I was married in 1986 at St. Nicholas and my 2 children were baptized in the church. Even if you aren't Orthodox, you owe it to yourself to visit this church to see all the beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Beautiful Cathedral and very spiritual. Peaceful and well worth the stop. The paintings, sculptures, architecture, and stained class are phenomenal. Very pleasant and informative staff, easy parking and near to everything else in Tarpon Springs,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It almost feels like a step into the past when you visit the Greek Cathedral. From the stain glass art on the windows to the amazing painted ceilings, all people can appreciate the talent and craftsmanship that went into this church. A must see when in Tarpon Springs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral it is one of the best in the area for all the community in our area. I was able to go there for 20 miles from home but now I am not able to travel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

So beautiful. Steeped in history. Very friendly members. Walking distance to many nice shops and restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Such incredible architecture. The beauty and upkeep of this beautiful place reminded me how small I am in the grand scheme of things, but in a good way. Even children should be speechless.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Was a fantastic building in the Greek Orthodox style. Unfortunately when we were there it was closed but having seen others i would assume worth a visit when open to see the inside.

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