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A huge dome, Greek-cross layout and a Baroque, Elizabethan style are the key features of this cathedral.

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Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

White and blue glimmers.

In Saint Nicolas Square, in the heart of the city, you'll find this Orthodox Church built in the Elizabethan baroque style and dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, Nikolaos of Bari. The cathedral was designed by one of the greatest Russian architects of the 18th century, Savva Chevakinsky. Built between 1753 and 1763, is well worth a visit for its 52-metre dome, blue and white painted facade (in clear homage to the nautical world) and Greek-cross layout. The lower floor of the cathedral has a more everyday use and is where you'll find the Greek icon of Saint Nicholas with a collection of relics. The church itself, decorated in the baroque style and lined with Italian paintings, is only used on Sundays and for religious celebrations.



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