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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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"The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, also sometimes referred to as the Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is a captivating landmark that graces Tallinn, Estonia. This magnificent Eastern Orthodox cathedral boasts a rich history and grand architecture. Construction of the cathedral took place between 1894 and 1900, a period when Estonia belonged to the Russian Empire. The architect behind this masterpiece was Mikhail Preobrazhensky, and it was dedicated to Alexander Nevsky, a revered saint in Russian Orthodoxy. The architectural style of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a prime example of Russian Revival. Several architectural elements contribute to its beauty: five onion-shaped domes, the largest of which holds the distinction of being the biggest cupola ever built for an Orthodox church. The exterior is richly decorated, featuring red-brick walls adorned with intricate details. Stepping inside, the opulent interior overwhelms the senses with mosaics, icons, and elaborate chandeliers. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral's location on Toompea Hill, the highest point in Tallinn's Old Town, offers stunning panoramic views of the city, making it a prominent landmark. The significance of the cathedral is multifaceted. Firstly, it's a beautiful architectural marvel and a major landmark in Tallinn. Secondly, it serves as a testament to the period of Russian rule in Estonia. Lastly, it remains a functioning church and holds importance as a place of worship for the Estonian Orthodox Christian community."
"Orthodox chruch, right in front of active Estonian Government. It has a rich golden decor and onion shaped domes. "
"Designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky, this soaring edifice was funded by public donations."

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