The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,680 contributions
Apr 2021
This fabulous Cathedral is set in Kronstadt on Kotlin island in the Finnish bay.
The island has a strategic position guarding the sea approach to St. Pet.
While planning our trip, when I saw pictures of this Cathedral here on TA I was sure I'll visit it. It approved right, as it is extremely beautiful - even the only rainy day on our 10 day Russia tour didn't spoil my impressions.
The Naval Cathedral was built only in 1903 in honor of all fallen sailors. This terrific neo Byzantine edifice was turned into a cinema and naval museum during the communist era. It was returned to Russia Orthodox Church only in 2002.
Today it's a working Church and we were lucky to be there at the mass. Outstanding exterior hides terrific beauty inside.
HOW to reach it ?
Combine the Naval Cathedral with your Peterhof summer Palace visit (read that review).
From St. Pet center to Naval Cathedral is around 40 min taxi ride (around 15$), just make sure you have the Yandex app installed.
Arrange with the driver to WAIT while you visit, you need around 20 min, tip him for that. Finding taxi in Kronstadt is not that easy, and even if you do, local taxis are unwilling to drive further.
Another 30 min ride and 15$ will take you to Peterhof. After visiting the Palace complex you have many options to return to St. Pet.
In that way you'll make a huge loop around St. Petersburg area and a very memorable day.
Written May 20, 2021
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ExperienceCatcher
24 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
It is an impressive building that you cannot miss passing it by. The inside view is unforgettable. I only took outside pictures, because I think everyone has to make his /her own first impression him/herself. The entrance is free, but if to take a the guided tour to the roof level, the price is reasonable.
Written October 17, 2021
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,168 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, built in the neo-Byzantine style, is huge and visible from afar.
This is the tallest building in the city. The total height of the Naval Cathedral is 70.5 meters. However, it does not look massive due to the fact that it is built of white brick.
Inside, the cathedral is spacious and bright thanks to the many windows on the drum of the central dome.
Along the perimeter are black marble plaques with the names of the dead sailors and ships.
We took a tour under the dome of the cathedral. Climbing to a height of 52 meters rewards you with a stunning view of the frescoes of the dome and a circular view of Kronstadt. We were told the history of the cathedral from its construction to the present day. The acoustics here are amazing - if two people stand opposite each other through the dome, clinging to the walls, you can clearly hear a person from the opposite side, although the distance here is 26 meters.
From here you can clearly see the mosaics and stained-glass windows of the temple, as well as the place where an unexploded German bomb fell during the war.
Definitely worth a trip!
Written July 30, 2022
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
Jun 2019
We stopped here on our way back from Peterhof (travelling by car with our guide from Tzarina Tours) and were very pleasantly surprised. Probably the most impressive of all the functioning Orthodox Churches we visited in Russia (the best was Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood but that is now a museum). There was a ceremony inside while we were there and also a naval graduation ceremony outside. Well worth including if you have the time.
Written May 26, 2020
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NinaKazarina
St. Petersburg, Russia255 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Kronstadt is rarely visited by tourists ( unfortunately) as it’s a significant part of Russian history and perfect place to feel local atmosphere especially in summer , recommended
Written December 4, 2019
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14Mard
Whitley Bay, UK17 contributions
Mar 2014
I very highly recommend investigating Kronshtadt, and I say so particularly as a foreigner, since the impression I have is that Kotlin island is very much overlooked by visitors. The peace of the town, its sea bay fronts, and the incredible cathedral, all with the fresh clean coastal winds, are like medicine for the muddy-headedness that might set in after a few too many days underneath Petersburg's magnificent but aggressive architecture.

The peace of the cathedral is enhanced by the beautiful old drained gorge running by, which is uplifting in contrast to the flatness of the inner city, and the canal grid with the dilapidated brick complexes by the banks made a beautiful walking route, even feeling (to a Brit) eerily familiar. Kronshtadt garrison is a small place of great but often overlooked historical importance politically and militarily, and the naval cathedral is a perfect milestone to aim for on a visit, particularly when you can catch sight of the golden domes over the old naval installations as you get closer.

Not least, the journey itself to Kronshtadt is absolutely worth making for its own sake, the stretch from Lakhta to Lisiy Nos especially, and the dacha areas and high rise outskirts of the city. True Russian sights, and - it cannot be stressed enough - totally easy and unbelievably cheap. 28r to Staraya Deryevnya metro, then 25r on the 101 bus from the bus park just to the north (slightly west) of the station, by the tram rails and Mebel city or whatever the furniture warehouse is called. The bus over to Kotlin is a busy one, but it is no hassle.

There are useful toilets at Staraya Deryevnya in the Gulliver centre, and then on the ground floor at the rear of the commercial centre on Grazhdanskaya street where the 101 arrives (although that one will cost 20r).

Kronshtadt was a highlight of my visit to Petersburg. I wish its residents well.
Written March 30, 2014
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Alexander N
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Mar 2019 • Couples
This is the most impressive Cathedral, which is located in Kronstadt, near St. Petersburg. If you book a tour with a travel company, you can easily reach Kronstadt. I booked a tour with Best Guides St. Petersburg. Kronstadt Cathedral is not only very beautiful (it was recently renovated and looks great). It is also dedicated to the naval history of Russia and will be of interest to all history lovers. Be sure to take the time to visit this place!
Written April 18, 2019
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TrekkingGuy10
Edinburgh of the Seven Seas94 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
We went to Kronstadt by ourselves, I mean, no tour. So we started the day very early, once the bus ride from St Petersburg to Kronstadt takes around one hour. We took the metro and got off at Staraya Derevnya Metro Station, and from there we took an inter-municipal bus (line #101 - 40 rubles per person) towards Kronstadt. The 'bus station' is just next to the metro.

The church is beautiful and it reminded me of St Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul. The architecture is just the same. When we got there, we attended a service, which made our visit even more special.

We also took a short tour around the town and it seems frozen in time! It is like you were back in time, back to the years of the USSR. Nice atmosphere!

From Kronstadt we had planned to go to Peterhof Palace and Gardens. On a few Russian websites I had checked, it seemed to be easy to take a taxi from Kronstadt to Peterhof, but it turned out to be a very difficult task! Fortunately, we decided to go to the Information Office (Tourism Office) and the girl who was there was pretty kind and helpful. She called three or four different taxi agencies and finally got one car available. The ride cost us 800 rubles, a very fair price for a 30/40-minute ride.
Written June 2, 2017
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RichieQ0203
Vienna, Austria110 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
Well the cathedral is really a huge building, and I guess if you are in Petersburg for more than a week you should visit it, but I believe it is not the nr. 1 attraction in the Petersburg area
Written April 23, 2014
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Overlooking the Kryukov Canal, this exceptionally beautiful Cathedral is home to a number of revered 18th-century icons and a fine carved wooden iconostasis. Locally, it is known as the Sailors’ Cathedral and it rises among the trees at the bottom of Ulitsa Glinki. The golden Baroque spires and domes are extremely impressive!
Written January 5, 2019
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