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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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“bell tower” (15 reviews)
“active church” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
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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
Reviewed August 8, 2016

This is one of the few Russian Orthodox churches that remained active during the Soviet period. We arrived on a Sunday morning, cautioned we could attend quietly. A cantor was singing the service while a choir sang in response. It was very moving and showed...More

Thank Nelson4704
Reviewed July 27, 2016

Built in a western style with an opulent interior. Well worth seeing, just for the free standing bell tower with its golden spire.

Thank Borderer12
Reviewed July 18, 2016

It was Sunday so there was a service in progress on the 2nd floor. We were dressed appropriately and with head scarves so we went up and stood back to take in the service, the choir and the chanting. It was a beautiful church with...More

Thank catsforkids
Reviewed July 6, 2016

Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany is a pretty church with a nice bell tower, and it's a good excuse to walk through a bit of St. Petersburg you may not otherwise see. There is a little park in front with lots of families and...More

1  Thank HMKaren
Reviewed July 2, 2016

Unlike many of the churches you will see in the city centre, this church is a historic 'working' church. If you visit, there is a good chance you will see a service in progress and hear the choir singing, with approx. 6 services being held...More

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