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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Facts
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.
The cathedral was dedicated to the Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky, who led the famous Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipsi in 1242, which halted the German crusaders’ eastward advance.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral crowns the hill of Toompea which is one of several places where according to legend the Estonian folk hero Kalevipoeg’s father Kalev is said to have been buried.
The church has been meticulously restored since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Tallinn’s largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a typical Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire.
The church’s towers’ hold Tallinn’s most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes.