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Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany

Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
+7 812 714-70-85
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
+7 812 714-70-85
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cathedral is a bit out of the usual touristic tours of St Petersburg, but it is the most beautiful cathedral of the city. It is very quiet and not crowded by tourists. It has a lovely facade light blue. The bell tower is located...More

Thank PalombiG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour group passed by this Cathedral by night time and strolled around to take pictures. The structures are beautiful as viewed from outside. We also learnt that the Cathedral is still functioning with services at noon. The stand alone bell-tower is also special as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

More intimate than the big cathedrals, beautifully balanced design with a 2-levels church and a stand-alone bell tower. Attended part of an orthodox service here, a most interesting experience.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed June 17, 2017

We had a tour photo stop outside the cathedral. At the time there was a ceremony where a group with priests walk around the outside and mark each side of the church with incense and holy water. As a result we did not go inside....More

Thank jim t
Reviewed May 30, 2017

I stayed here for 30 minutes, attending a service. As a tourist I could not go past the rope, but that's OK. Ladies, DO wear a head scarf if you go. this is an active church and it's insulting to see so many (female) tourists...More

Thank kterhark
Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Not as fancy as other cathedrals here but if you arrive at the right time (11am I believe) you will witness the service and the beautiful choirs, unforgettable!

Thank imulan
Reviewed January 13, 2017

Not quite as imposing as some of the others, but this was a working church, not a museum. The separate bell tower is famous and unusual.

Thank stephen c
Reviewed October 16, 2016

On my last full day in Petersburg, I was museumed-out and wanted to stay near Ambassador Hotel (highly recommended!), which I had booked for a week. A kind person at registration told me to follow the canal westward and look for the gold domes and...More

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Spectacular interior. And we were lucky enough to be there during a church service, which was well attended. I'm not religious, but the overall effect of the interior, and the service, was wonderful. And the small choir was truly sublime. Must also mention the church...More

Thank TheMirror
Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Extremely beautiful buildings. Pleasant area to walk around in. Very peaceful area. The interior was gorgeous. They has roped off the main part so tourists can see the interior without disturbing the parishioners. No photos allowed inside and women should cover their heads out of...More

Thank Marie Z
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