St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Kotka

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland20,346 contributions
Beautiful church
Feb 2021
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is located in Isopuisto Park. It was completed in 1801 and is the oldest building in Kotka. The church was built in Russian Neo-classicism style.

On our visit, the church was closed. So we couldn't see the interior.
Written 28 February 2021
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KokkiKoulussa
Helsinki, Finland37 contributions
Kotka by Day
Jul 2018
This church is really a gem. Looks like a small little thing, but is exceptional from inside... Please visit and have a nice walk in the gardens - Remember that Maria Purpur saved that building in a time of Krim War 1853–1856 and it is the oldest remaining building in Kotka
Written 6 August 2018
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Mikael K
Copenhagen, Denmark252 contributions
Nikolaj The patron saint of Sailors
Apr 2017 • Friends
My other brother lives just on the other side of the park. This Russian Orthodox Church was the very few of buildings which were not bombed down during the WWII. The entire city was bombed down, and so this church maintained its power as the shrine for the patron saint of sailors, helper of the poor ( all we know Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas ) and also patron saint of the island Kotka.
What you go to see are the beautiful icons covered in gemstones and precious metals, and the rose oil and galbanum burning always as an eternal prayer. The ceiling with its gold stars is worth a peek, just lay down on the floor and amazement the beauty of the thousands of stars on a blue background. This church is also worth seeing for its Christmas Mass, pompous of course because it is the church of Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Nicholaj...and the Easter Mass with the entire community lead by gold clad priests round the church seven times...take a picnic with you and enjoy on the greens, or check if they have the fish pond, selling fresh salmon, and cure and prepare it if you want to!
Written 19 March 2018
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Elizabeth T
Finland33 contributions
Attended a Service
Apr 2017 • Family
Built in 1799 when Kotka was Russian built Ruotsinsalmi (fortress city). It is the oldest building in Kotka. I attended my first Russian Orthodox church service, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Written 21 April 2017
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Tommi P
Pyhtaa, Finland14 contributions
Beautiful orthodox church
Apr 2016 • Solo
Beautiful orthodox church in the middle of the town. Open for visitors during summertime (June - August) 12-15 on Tuesday - Friday and 12-18 on weekends.
Written 25 April 2016
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Nyrik17
Kotka, Finland85 contributions
Tiny but cosy church
Sep 2015 • Friends
The only place that survived the Bombing in Kotka .. During the last war. .. Active orthodox..parish
Written 18 April 2016
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