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“Beautiful and interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany

Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany
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1-Day Introductory Highlights Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion
Ranked #36 of 1,779 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reykjavik, Iceland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stopped by this church on our way to the Mariinsky theater, it is close by and worth the detour. The exterior of the church itself is beautiful as are its surroundings, the small park and the near-by canal. We took a look inside and were surprised by the low-ceilings and heavy gold. There were not many tourists there while we stopped by, but some sort of service going on with beautiful singing so we made sure to keep very quiet and lay low. It was interesting to see an old lady repeatedly crossing herself and bending to her knees, again and again and again, as I believe is common practice in the orthodox church. I prefer this church to the Smolni cathedral, and then St. Isak's and The Church on Spilled Blood are museums, so I was happy to get to see and actual, working church and such a beautiful one at that.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Nice cathedral”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

It honors the navy seamen for the 150 years or more, this nice blue colored domed church with gold stars.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Beautiful and serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

This blue and white painted cathedral takes you by surprise when you enter as inside the walls are painted green. The decorations inside are rich with gold and many icons - a really lovely place to visit which is not often visited by tourists - photos are not allowed to be taken inside.

Visited May 2013
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Tallahassee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“visit during a service if possible”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a really nice, working cathedral (not simply a monument). Because of this, photography is forbidden inside. Instrumental music is not permitted in Russian Orthodox churches, so all of the music is sung acapella. Apparently the priests do not speak, but rather sing the text of the service. Therefore the flow of the service is all antiphonal singing back and forth between the priests and acapella choir. I believe that during our visit, the choir were professionals. The singing was amazing. It was very interesting to visit during an actual service, because it is so much different from a protestant service or even a Catholic mass

Visited May 2013
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White Plains, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We were lucky enough to visit during a special mass, and the upstairs gallery which is usually closed in the summer months was also open - it is magnificent.

Visited May 2013
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