Posted by: danielfee | June 17, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-17-2012

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Tallinn, Estonia

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built between 1894-1900.  According to legend, it was over the grave of a legendary Estonian folk hero named Kalevipoeg. It was an attempt to flex Russian cultural muscles during a period of Estonian national revival. More than one-quarter of Tallinn’s population was ethnic Russian. However, Russification was so disliked by many Estonians as a symbol of oppression that the Estonian authorities planned to demolish the cathedral in 1924. But the decision was never implemented due to lack of funds and the building’s massive construction. Estonia then became part of the USSR, and since the USSR was officially non-religious, many churches were left to decline, including this cathedral. But once Estonia regained its independence in 1991, the church was meticulously restored. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Tallinn’s largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral. It is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who in 1242 won the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus in the territorial waters of present-day Estonia.

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