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When you are on Harju Hill, you get your first glimpse of one of the most beautiful sights in Tallinn – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Harju Hill, Tallinn, EstoniaAs you make your way to the cathedral, you pass by castle wall, and homes and the Parliament building.  It’s all pretty impressive.

The Cathedral was open for people to go into, which we did, but pictures are not allowed.  All I can say is that it is gorgeous inside.  I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, Orthodox cathedrals do a great job of making a place feel holy.  A friend of mine told me that you never feel alone in an Orthodox church – there are icons all over the place and paintings of saints and so much more.  You go and kiss some, you visit with others, just as you would with a family member.  In a sense this is a physical representation of the community of saints.

Since I can’t show you what the inside looks like, you’ll have to live with pictures from the outside.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn, EstoniaIn case you are wondering, Alexander Nevsky is quite the fascinating historical figure.  It is well worth reading his history.  Here’s the short version in one sentence from Wikipedia:

Popular polls rank Alexander Nevsky as the greatest Russian hero in history.

That’s quite an honor!

Regardless, the cathedral that bears his name here in Tallinn is beautiful.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn, EstoniaNext travel post – A short detour to Helsinki and then back to the trip in Tallinn.