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Review of Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany

Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany
Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
7-812-714-70-85
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Ranked #30 of 978 Attractions in St. Petersburg
4.5 of 5 stars 178 Reviews
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: One of the best examples of Baroque-style architecture, this splendid blue and white "Sailors' Church" topped with five glistening golden cupolas contains many 18th-century icons, ten magnificent paintings and walls that convey the history of the Russian navy.
Amstelveen
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“More Rastrelli”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

If you are a fan of Rastrelli, don’t miss this one. It is situated somewhat off the beaten track, but is worth visiting.
Unfortunately the upper church was closed when we visited it.

Visited July 2013
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Spangdahlem, Germany
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“A small gem in St Petersburg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I enjoyed my brief stop at St Nicholas' Naval Cathedral in St Petersburg. Yes, there are more opulent and impressive churches and cathedrals in this city, but I appreciated the quiet beauty of St Nicholas' - almost subtle in comparison. While visiting, we saw a small part of an Orthodox ceremony, which highlighted the fact that this is an active, working cathedral, not just another tourist site. While I wouldn't call it a must-see, it was a pleasant, brief addition to our St Petersburg visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Bit of a let-down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

In a city with so many sights, I could have lived without seeing this.

It is a much-used church, and even on a weekday we saw 3 brides (which was nice) during our brief visit.

You can have a glimpse of the everyday church, but the Sunday church is not open to the public, and we had gone specifically to compare the two.

However, having said that, if you're in the area, do give it a quick visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Wish I could have gone inside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The exterior is quite pretty with the gold domes. Since it was a warm day and I was wearing shorts, I couldn't go inside the church. It was Sunday and I could look in and see the people standing during the service. They don't have chairs in the church because they stand during the whole service.

Visited July 2013
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“Small sample size”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful Cathedral from the outside, with a nice blue color. Similar to previous posts, there is a small amount of room on the inside to truly enjoy the cathedral.

Visited July 2013
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