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Pictures from Tallinn Churches, in Estonia: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, and St. Olav Church. 

Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Tallinn
Alexander Nevski Cathedral on Toompea Hill in Tallinn, Estonia.                                                                         © Ain Avik

Alexander Nevski Cathedral is the main Russian Orthodox cathedral in
Estonia. It was built by St. Petersburg architect Mikhail Preobrazhenski in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire. It is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who won the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus in 1242 against Livonian Crusaders.  


Abandoned by the Soviet authorities, the church has been carefully restored since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. 


This architectural masterpiece is located atop Toompea Hill, right in front of Toompea Castle. It is the most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn. The interior, filled with mosaics and icons, is also worth a visit. You can hear the church bell ensemble playing before each service. 

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in upper Tallinn, Estonia.                                                                              © Ain Avik

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin is located on Toompea Hill in
Tallinn. Built in 13th century, it is probably the oldest church in Tallinn. Originally a Roman Catholic cathedral, it is now a Lutheran church.

 St. Olav Church in Tallinn
St. Olav Church in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.                                                                                                  © Ain Avik

St. Olav Church was probably built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 16th century. It was the tallest building in
Europe between 1549 and 1625. It is located in downtown Tallinn  

St. Olav Church is an active Baptist church. The tower's platform of the church which is open to the public from April to November offers panoramic views of the old town.

Above pictures by courtesy of Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau. 


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