Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

Kotka, Finland

The Orthodox Church of Kotka, known also as St. Nicolas church, was built between 1799-1801 under the Russian order. It was designed in accordance with drawings by Jakov Perrin, architect of the St Petersburg Admiralty. The orthodox church is probably the oldest building in Kotka and one of the rare to survive a British bombardment of the town in 1855.

The church was built in Russian Neo-classicism style. Differing from a typical orthodox church in Finland, there are lot of sculptures inside the St. Nicholas Church.

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Papinkatu 8-10, Kotka, Finland
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Founded: 1799-1801
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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www.kotka.fi
www.kymi.fi

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Jani Boman (15 months ago)
Really great on the outside and even better on the inside. I wonder if it would be possible to refresh the pages and let us know when we can log in again.
Super Puuhis (16 months ago)
Nice
Hannu Kujamäki (17 months ago)
This is a place in the history of Kotka. Enjoy a good summer.
tomppa Nieminen (18 months ago)
Kotkan vanhin rakennus
Juha Nikkinen (19 months ago)
Very beautiful building around inside and out.
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