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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Address: 36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL
Phone Number: +1 727-937-3540
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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 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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church is within walking distance of the Tarpon Chamber of Commerce. I didn't get a tour (next time!) and there was no one around when I was there so I did a quick walk though. The stained glass windows were beautiful! It was very serene and calming.

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had gone there several weeks ago and first visited their book store on a Tuesday. The man there asked us where were we from and we told him the Indianapolis area. He informed us that the Father their was originally from Indy. I told him that our priest from Indy moved to Clearwater 25 years ago...to which he added,... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

A must see when visiting Tarpon Springs, along with the entire historic district and St. Michaels Shrine. The sponge docks are beautiful and educational as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This church is well worth your time to visit.It is very ornate with large beautiful stained glass windows. The ceiling are even painted. It even has an artifact of St Nicholas. Take time and sit down and look at it and the ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Maybe your diet needs a little inspiration from above. You'll be enchanted by the undisturbed presence of this local pillar of religion and history. It is a magnificent structure. Full of uncomprimising statements of the Greek Orthodox Faith. It is the strong tower of the community and often is used for the milestones of the people here. When available don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Like most of the other reviewers I also enjoy visiting the beautiful Catholic churches. This church is not Roman Catholic but Greek Orthodox. Everything in the church from the magnificent ICONs to the beautiful stained glass and gorgeous Greek marble has a religious symbolic meaning. If you call prior to visiting you can set up a tour where they explain... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox church is the only church I visit for Easter, and any other time! It is the most beautiful church I've ever seen .. It has gorgeous stained glass, beautifully detailed paintings all around and nice gold accents, including the chandelier. All in all best Greek church in america, reminds me of Greece:-) ! I love it

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