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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Address: 36 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416
Phone Number: +1 727-937-3540

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first...

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first and original Greek Orthodox Christian parish of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The present Cathedral was completed during WWII, in 1943. Much of the interior marble, including the iconostasis (icon screen), is from the Greek pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Cathedral contains actual relics of St. Nicholas of Myra and is a point of pilgrimage for those who seek the intercessions of this most beloved of Christian saints. The Cathedral tower is the tallest architectural structure in Tarpon Springs and serves as the heart of the downtown and city. In the plaza to the north of the Cathedral is the famous "Cross Diver" statue which captures the pinnacle of the annual Epiphany Day (January 6) celebration for which the St. Nicholas Cathedral parish is known the world over. At the base of the statue are the names of young men - Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox Christian - who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II.

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A beautiful, traditional Greek Orthodox Church.

We stopped by this church while in Tarpon Springs. The church is fairly plain on the outside, but is ornate, colorful, and the church relics and stained glass are fantastic. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Phil F
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by this church while in Tarpon Springs. The church is fairly plain on the outside, but is ornate, colorful, and the church relics and stained glass are fantastic. A must see in Tarpon Springs.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go...see it ask questions and understand. We met the organ player and spent an hour with him while he explained the Church. It is simply beautiful and the people are so NICE. It is 5 minuets from Tarpon springs and is so worth the visit!!!! This is a perfect example of Tarpon Springs culture.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The artwork and symbolism inside St. Nicholas is breathtaking. Take a a tour and learn about the widow's section, the archbishop's chair, the reason for the rooster in the sanctuary and the facets of the Greek Orthodox religion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This church is beautiful. They have an event on the epiphany.where a cross is thrown into Spring Bayou by the priest and many of the teenage Greek members of the church dive in to retrieve it. Who ever brings it up is blessed by the priest to have a year of much blessings.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

If you can get a docent tour, it'll be worth your time. If not, it's still a pretty place to visit and worship. Church often has special events so you may not be able to visit so call ahead.

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

The outside was nice. But when you enter the doors of this Cathedral, you are transported to another time and place. The Artwork, the Icons, Murals, and Stain Glass Windows made me feel as though I was visiting one of the great Cathedrals of Europe. This experience surrounded me in beauty and spirituality. You might be sightseeing the natural and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

If you like to visit churches in general or just want to see an example of a Greek Orthodox Church this is an excellent choice. This church sponsor the "dive for the cross" that take place for Epiphany (January 6th of each year) in Greece and around Greek Orthodox Churches worldwide. Young men dive in very cold water to recover... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

I was visiting Tarpon Springs with friends. The owner of the B&B we were staying at recommended visiting the church. We stopped in on the way to the sponge docks. We were so glad we did. What a magnificent structure! You are allowed to walk in at any time during the day. We wished we had arranged for a tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

We come to church here, have our funerals here, beautiful. well kept, classic Greek Church. When you walk in it takes you back 5 centuries with the chanting and Gold Leaf everywhere, truly amazing place.

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Athens, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to get some pictures of this historic Greek church. People were super nice and I got to take my time and self-tour and take a lot of pictures. Beautiful!

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