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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Linton, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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Hialeah, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The outside appearance of St Nicholas will never give you an idea of the impressive interior. The stain glass windows, the wall paintings, the iconography and the simple but beautiful design, make this cathedral well worth it to visit.

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Venice, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Take the time to take in the beauty of St. Nickolas Church. We were lucky and found a member who explained some keys about the Orthodox religion. The Church is easy to find and we were very welcome to visit.

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Folsom, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The interior of the church is beautiful and a shrine to the faith. The dome, icons and stained glass windows along with the copper dome are all gorgeous.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

You won't regret it, it is beautiful. It is only open during service hours, there is a 8:15 and 10:15 service on Sundays.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A beautiful piece of history, art and architecture. A must see if you're visiting Tarpon Springs. Definitely bring a camera the inside is just as beautiful with all the art and stained glass. Right down the road from the bayou where you can see manatees and dolphins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This beautiful cathedral is definitely worth your time. DONT miss it, very inspiring and peaceful place, regardless of faith.

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Summerfield, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is not the largest Cathedral I have ever visited and it is not the most beautiful or elegantly appointed although it is beautiful inside and out. But the locals claim the reason that Tarpon Springs has not be hit by a hurricane is because of the presence of the Cathedral. I am not Greek Orthodox but I certainly would... More 

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Hudson, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

a greek cathedral in florida is indeed a very special place to to see. Just follow the normal guide lines of visiting any church and remember this is an active working church

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