"Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral" Aleksander Nevski Cathedral Tip by ranger49

Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, Tallinn: 56 reviews and 111 photos


This rather Muscovite looking Orthodox Cathedaal dates only from the end of the 19th century and was designed by a Russian architect who based the design on that of the similar five domed churches of Moscow. In fact it was originally built here as a symbol of the domination of the ruling Russian power.
I was rather surprised that in the years of de-Russia-fication following the Independence of Estonia in 1991, that it was not renamed - given the role played by Aleksander Nevsky in the Baltic struggles of the mid 13th Century. ( See the 1938 Eisenstein film with music by Prokoviev )
Nowadays the church fulfills a more peaceful role as a place of regular worship where visitors are welcome. Though the ornate interior with glittering iconography is not to my taste.

Address: Lossi plats 10, 10130 Tallinn
Directions: SW part of Toompea Hill
Phone: +372 644 3484
Website: http://www.orthodox.ee/indexeng.php?d=parishes/ale

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  • Updated Aug 4, 2010
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I agree that the interior is really a bit too much... But from the outside, Newskij Cathedral is lovely.


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