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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Address: 36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416
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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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I Love the GREEK People

The Local Greek Church was BEAUTIFUL inside , the local outdoor surrounding area is beautiful too in MY opinion. The Greeks know how to Love the Lord Jesus, Amen.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Local Greek Church was BEAUTIFUL inside , the local outdoor surrounding area is beautiful too in MY opinion. The Greeks know how to Love the Lord Jesus, Amen.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice church and place to see. The inside is beautiful and super to see up close. Stop in if in the area.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For over 100 years the Greek community celebrates The Epiphany with the throwing of the cross at Spring Bayou. Over 20,000 people annually come to witness this celebration as young Greek men dive into the chili waters to retrieve the blessed cross. Celebrations abound with Greek food, street dancing, and Festivities

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked here from the Sponge Docks and were glad we did. Beautiful cathedral-lots to take in. Good information in the foyer before entering the sanctuary. Much prettier inside than the outside of the building suggests.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

.Although I have been to Tarpon Springs on several occasions, I have never actually been inside St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. On my most recent visit to Tarpon Springs in January 2016, I finally had the opportunity to do so. I was excited to finally see the Weeping Icon of St. Nicholas. It is just inside the entrance doors. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

This is a fine example of a traditional Greek Orthodox Church. Very important since the Epiphany Service and then the procession to the bayou is celebrated every year for the last 110 years. The traditional diving for the cross is seen all over the world and featured in the tv news and newspapers.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Very beautiful church with interesting memorials outside in the plaza by the church. This is not set up for tourists--you are visiting a working church with a large local congregation. But very worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We parked free right in front of the church. We loved the memorials and dedications outside. They speak of the rich heritage of this remarkable community.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

It was locked... At one o'clock a Sunday afternoon ! We have tried every door and I can say that we were very disappointed. We were looking forward to do this activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Stopped into the church to see the beautiful icons in the church. Lit a candle for peace and admired all the beautiful architecture in the church.

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