Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo)

Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo), Novosibirsk

Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo)

Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo)
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Takarasina
765 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited that imposing but somewhat squat cathedral in the beginning of August. Me, my friend, my son-in-law and my 15-years-old grandson. Since it's one of Novosibirsk landmarks it was easy to find it.
It's one of the first (if not the first) brick buildings of the city. Consecrated in 1899, it was partly - but, luckily, not completely - blown up by communists in 1937 but quality of its construction appeared to be so robust that what was left of the church served various Soviet institutions for about half a century - from a design studio to a film studio to a philharmonic society - and, though half-blown, endured all those challenges! The cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox church in 1989 only.
I stepped inside. Solemn, quiet, pious, richly and exquisitely decorated, practically no-one around.
Frankly speaking, I prefer lighter constructions, like the church of the Saviour on Blood in St Pete, for example, but would still recommend that one for a visit too.
Written August 27, 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland21,121 contributions
Aug 2019
First time I had come upon an Alexander Nevsky Cathedral had been in Sofia, till now the probably grandest and most famous of all the 'sobor's' dedicated to the popular medieval Russian saint, who in 1242 won the famous 'Battle on Ice', on the frozen Estonian lake Peipus, against German Catholic invaders. Later I also saw the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, the one in Novosibirsk had been the last for me.

It is located on the main thoroughfare, the Krasny Prospekt, not far from the river, but surrounded by rather unattractive apartment buildings. In front of the outer entrance stands a bronze statue of czar Nikolay II, holding his young son Alexey in front of him.

The cathedral is a brick building with arched windows, very much in the traditional Byzantine style, a bit different from the purely Russian type of sacral architecture, one sees in so many other churches. It had apparently been built in 1899, in the years of the town's beginnings. Apart from the brick walls the eye gets caught by the main dome and the smaller dome over the clock tower, both covered in gold.

As can be expected the interior is richly covered with frescoes and with an iconostasis full of icons. When approaching the church one might encounter quite a few begging Gypsy women by the upper entrance. I enjoyed more the glass of Kvass, coming out of a nearby small tanker, that an elderly woman, dressed in old Russian peasant clothes, sold to me. A very traditional, pleasantly sour summer drink, made from fermented bread.
Written May 8, 2020
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pope86
Novosibirsk, Russia651 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
As my heading says I really like this church. The people that work there are quite relaxed and let you take photos. The murals on the roof and walls are quite beautiful and tell stories. I’ve been here a few time already and like to wander around inside. Worth a visit/ 10
Written November 29, 2019
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pope86
Novosibirsk, Russia651 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
With interesting design and colours on the outside I wasn’t sure what to think about visiting here but I was glad I did. The inside has some amazing paintings of various scenes and characters from the Bible. I ended up staying there for quite some time just looking at everything. I might actually visit again some time. Just watch out for the gypsies out the front.
Written April 13, 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I liked the inside of this church a lot better than the outside. (I don't like brick very much.) Brightly coloured frescoes are painted everywhere.
Written March 20, 2019
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fliss19
14 contributions
Nov 2018 • Business
Awe inspiring cathedral with the most beautiful interior of wall and ceiling art - well worth a visit
Written January 16, 2019
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Andrew M
7,154 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We visited this cathedral by walking from the nearby Gorodskoye Nachalo park. Mnay buses run on Krasny Prospekt, but approaching from the south, the only optioned seemed walking. The Alexander Nevsky cathedral was the first stone building in the city, and was constructed in 1899. We visited many Cathedralsin Russia dedicated to Alexander Nevsky, who was famous for the "battle on ice" in the 13th century. A statue of czar Nicholas II with son Alexi, stand in front of the church at the intersection of Krasny Prospekt and Sovetskaya Street.

The main entrance to the church, is actually on Sovetskaya Street. The cathedral is a beautiful brick building with two gold domes having gold orthodox crosses atop.We thought that the bell tower at the front was the most interesting section of the architecture. The church was designed based on a similar cathedral in St. Petersburg. The cathedral has an interesting history, as it was closed in 1937, and ordered destroyed.This was the case with many religious institutions in those times. It miraculously survived repeated attempts to blow it up, but the bell tower and interior walls were destroyed. The chapel was reopened in 1989.

A service was in progress when we visited, so we didn't enter. We walked around the church admiring the construction and taking photos for a few minutes. A WW2 monument is opposite the church on Krasny Prospekt, and you will pass many monuments walking north on Krasny.
Written September 27, 2018
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Peter G
Tarporley, UK663 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Beautiful building which we visited on way to the River (more of which in a
Minute). Couldn’t really look around as it was in process of renovation and this is therefore included in our 3 star rating.
However, the river walk, just beyond the cathedral, from Alexander lll monument and railway bridge for about 1.5km was very pleasant, you can view 4 bridges and see in all 8 bridges, and the city is making great efforts to make the river walk a pleasant experience with a lot of work being done to upgrade it.
Written September 20, 2018
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Tatyana Z
Brazil84 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
If you are walking around the city, make sure you check this church out. Building in good condition and some nice icons inside. Please don't go if you expect something kitsch like St. Basil cathedral, as this is much more traditional.
Written September 3, 2018
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Norsk-explorer
Oslo175 contributions
Sep 2017
I've always thought this is an unfinished church, but it is not. Just a dark-looking building in a strange place. Disappointing.
Written August 7, 2018
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