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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Address: 36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416
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+1 727-937-3540
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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first...

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first and original Greek Orthodox Christian parish of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. The present Cathedral was completed during WWII, in 1943. Much of the interior marble, including the iconostasis (icon screen), is from the Greek pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Cathedral contains actual relics of St. Nicholas of Myra and is a point of pilgrimage for those who seek the intercessions of this most beloved of Christian saints. The Cathedral tower is the tallest architectural structure in Tarpon Springs and serves as the heart of the downtown and city. In the plaza to the north of the Cathedral is the famous "Cross Diver" statue which captures the pinnacle of the annual Epiphany Day (January 6) celebration for which the St. Nicholas Cathedral parish is known the world over. At the base of the statue are the names of young men - Orthodox Christian and non-Orthodox Christian - who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II.

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Wonderful traditional Greek Orthodox Church

This is a fine example of a traditional Greek Orthodox Church. Very important since the Epiphany Service and then the procession to the bayou is celebrated every year for the last... read more

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emerald hills, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fine example of a traditional Greek Orthodox Church. Very important since the Epiphany Service and then the procession to the bayou is celebrated every year for the last 110 years. The traditional diving for the cross is seen all over the world and featured in the tv news and newspapers.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful church with interesting memorials outside in the plaza by the church. This is not set up for tourists--you are visiting a working church with a large local congregation. But very worth the visit.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We parked free right in front of the church. We loved the memorials and dedications outside. They speak of the rich heritage of this remarkable community.

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Shawinigan, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

It was locked... At one o'clock a Sunday afternoon ! We have tried every door and I can say that we were very disappointed. We were looking forward to do this activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped into the church to see the beautiful icons in the church. Lit a candle for peace and admired all the beautiful architecture in the church.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Have never actually been inside, but I imagine it's gorgeous. Make sure you snap a pic if you pass by. ;)

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The paintings and statues in this cathedral were beautiful. Typical Greek style, but well worth stopping for a peak.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Definitely worth a quick detour into here. So peaceful and nice to get away for 10 minutes. Also it is a really beautiful looking building inside.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful cathedral. Visitors welcome. We were lucky to view service. Nice to see they have services in English and Greek

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We stopped by this church while in Tarpon Springs. The church is fairly plain on the outside, but is ornate, colorful, and the church relics and stained glass are fantastic. A must see in Tarpon Springs.

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