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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416
+1 727-937-3540
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Take lots of photos. The caretaker was very insightful and knowledgeable. Beautiful and historical... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Edward S
Greenville, North Carolina
via mobile
Orthodox splendor

Besides the usual tourist things in Tarpon Springs there is a bit of history that deserves a stop... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Richard S
Davenport, Florida
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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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36 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3416
+1 727-937-3540
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take lots of photos. The caretaker was very insightful and knowledgeable. Beautiful and historical. You won't regret stopping by.

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Besides the usual tourist things in Tarpon Springs there is a bit of history that deserves a stop. This church, part of the Greek Orthodox tradition is an architectural marvel. Stone from the Greek pavilion at the Worlds Fair adorns the front of the church....More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We have visited this Cathedral every time we visit Tarpon Springs, usually at least one time each year. We have been there when there hasn't been a service, so we have walked around looking at all the hand carved pieces and enjoyed the architecture. It...More

Thank Palosgirl_10
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We killed time on a raining morning and was glad we stopped. We enjoy looking at the architecture of churches and learning about different Faith's. The caretaker was on hand and spent close to a hour with us. He was very informative. The church was...More

Thank Patricia P
Reviewed 13 July 2017

What a beautiful cathedral! The iconography is quite unique. There were many details I'd never encountered in an Orthodox Church. Luckily, Dale was on the premises and answered all our many questions! Can't wait to visit for liturgy.

Thank Tanya R
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We found this church while visiting the city. We were able to visit it since there was no service. What an amazing, beautiful church that is rich in tradition and history. Thankful to see it!

Thank mogamo74
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Attractive building that is worth seeing. Nice windows. You can attend one of the masses but I find that I don't do well with the incense.

Thank Patricia K
Reviewed 17 May 2017

my son lives in tarpon springs and always talks of the beauty it has. i had seen it online and had to see its beauty. we went to the byou and had to stop and see this magnificant church. i had read all about i...More

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We walked in on a week day and were welcomed in to take a look at this gorgeous church. The marble, stained glass, religious icons.... it was fabulous!

Thank INginger
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The church is amazing. If you have the opportunity to visit Tarpon Springs I highly recommend that you stop by and cost the church.

Thank Michele R
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Response from INginger | Reviewed this property |
We visited at around 4 PM. It was beautiful.
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Response from Synetos | Property representative |
To be married in an Orthodox Church at least one member of the couple must baptized and confirmed into the Orthodox Christian Faith and be an active communicant of a local parish. The other member of the couple must, at... More