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Tallinn, Estonia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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One of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals is, strangely enough, located in Tallinn. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in the late 1890s (consecrated in 1900) in the Russian Revival style, with five onion domes surmounted by gilded iron crosses. The interior is filled with mosaics, paintings, gold leaf and icons. It was restored in 1991, after years of neglect under Soviet rule, when Estonia once again became an independent nation. The cathedral is located on the Toompea hill, opposite the castle. It is once again an active church and, if you time your visit to coincide with a service, you can hear the famed 11 bells being rung and the choir. The cathedral is open to visitors, but no photographs are allowed to be taken inside and visitors are kept at a distance from the iconostasis.

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