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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Yerlan Jumabekov (10 months ago)
Love that church! We baptized both our kids and myself there! Very beautiful! I feel so good when i walk inside Love it !!
Aaron Patrick “El Pato” Rincon (11 months ago)
It is your standard ephemeral out-of-body, out-of-this-world experience that one gets at any Russian Orthodox parish. Great community and coffee after DL!
Бојан Даковић (2 years ago)
13y ago I was baptised here.
tea amzoyeva (2 years ago)
Beautiful and welcoming church.
Blair Benz (2 years ago)
Beautiful Cathedral. The clergy and members of the parish are extraordinarily kind and welcoming. We are so fortunate to be a part of this community.
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