St. Nicholas Cathedral

Washington, D.C., United States

St. Nicholas Cathedral is the primatial cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America. The original parish church was founded in 1930 as the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas. In 1949 the Synod of Bishops authorized the parish to be the church's National War Memorial Shrine and a national campaign to build a monumental Orthodox church in the capital of the United States was begun. The property upon which the cathedral is built was purchased in 1951. The substructure (basement) was completed in 1954 and was used for church services until the superstructure was completed in late 1962. A bell tower commemorating the millennium of Christianity in Russia was dedicated in 1988.

The cathedral architecture is based on the 12th century St. Demetrius Cathedral of Vladimir, Russia. Beginning in 1991, dedicated iconographers from Moscow led by Alexander Maskalionov painted icons throughout the nave in the traditional style. This work was completed in 1994.



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Founded: 1954-1962
Category: Religious sites in United States


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Jager Mitchell (9 months ago)
Visited on Labor Day 2023. Very beautiful cathedral, with icons painted on every interior surface.
Марина Концевич (10 months ago)
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Frank Andrews (11 months ago)
While the exterior is exquisite, the cathedral remained locked during the time for access given on the internet. I very disappointed that I could not go inside.
Victoria Avery (2 years ago)
We had a great first visit on Sunday. The church is lovely inside & outside. The service was inpiring. People were friendly and welcoming & we enjoyed the Ukrainian food. They're holding a Christmas Market in the basement of the church on Saturday, November 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Icons, eggs, ornaments, jewelry, etc. Check it out.
Yerlan Jumabekov (2 years ago)
Love that church! We baptized both our kids and myself there! Very beautiful! I feel so good when i walk inside Love it !!
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