Gaze up at the onion domes, hear the powerful bells and admire the imaginative stained-glass windows of this magnificent landmark.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a flamboyant masterpiece atop the Toompea Hill in the heart of the Old Town district. This late 19th-century orthodox cathedral was built in the Russian Revival style and is known for its large size and iconic black turrets. Marvel at the richness of the interior décor in this majestic ecclesiastical structure.
Capture photos of this famous building and admire its five onion domes supporting gilded iron crosses. The viewing platform of nearby St. Olaf’s Church offers one of the best vistas of this cathedral. See it at night, when golden lights illuminate the imposing columns and arches of the façade.
Listen to the boom of the set of impressive bells within the towers. Among them is Tallinn’s largest bell, weighing 16.5 tons (15 tonnes). Hear the melodies that make use of all 11 of the bells in the prelude to religious services.
Wander through the remarkable interior and admire the warm glow provided by the opulent décor. Examine the intricate mosaics, religious icons and other works of art that embellish the nave.
Visit the church as part of a walking tour to learn more about these artistic treasures and the structure’s history. It is dedicated to St. Alexander Nevsky, who won the Battle of the Ice in 1242. It was initially unpopular among Estonians when completed in 1900, as it was considered a sign of Russian oppression during the Czarist Empire. After falling into disrepair, it was restored to its previous glory.
Enter the church for free. It opens daily to the public from morning until evening.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is in the center of Tallinn. Take a bus to Vabaduse Väljak and walk northwest through Hirve Park to get here. Visit the Archeological Museum, St. Nicholas Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral, in this area full of intriguing attractions.