When you’re on the Toompea (cathedral hill) of Tallinn, Estonia it’s not the castle standing there or the Pikk Hermann tower that is catching your views – it is the beautiful Aleksander Nevski katedraal with its six black onion domes. It is a Russian-orthodox church that was built between 1894 and 1900 CE. The location was well-chosen and during the first independence of Estonia it was planned to remove the church as it was and is a strong symbol of Russian influence.
Originally a memorial for Martin Luther was planned at this place by local protestant christians but this was forbidden by Russian authorities. The orthodox cathedral is named after the Russian national hero Alexander Jaroslawitsch Newski – a military leader born in 1220 CE who was fighting against the Swedish forces and German crusaders. He is buried in Saint Petersburg at the saint Alexander Newski monastery. A visit to the cathedral is possible, you just need to arrive outside of the times of divine service.
Aleksander Nevski katedraal
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