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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn
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Copyright: Christian Deichert (cldphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 44] (213)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 3:55
Viewed: 2524
Points: 0
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When visiting Helsinki on a 4-day weekend, we took a day trip across the Gulf of Finland and visited Tallinn, the capitol of Estonia. When we arrived, we were almost sorry that we hadn't spent the majority of our time in Tallinn and just done a day trip to Helsinki!

Tallinn has two historical districts, Old Town and Toompea. One of the jewels of Toompea is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built between 1894 and 1900 when Tallinn was part of the old Russian Empire.

Although the church is beautiful, it has been viewed with a jaundiced eye by some Estonians as a reminder of Russian domination. It probably does not help that the cathedral was built on a commanding height, visible to the entire city, and is located just across the square from the old Estonian royal palace, now the homke of the Estonian parliament.

The cathedral was scheduled for demolition in 1924, but the plans were never carried out. It declined during the Soviet era, then after Estonia became an independent nation again, it was restored beginning in 1991.

I loved the effect of the lighting on the cathedral's upper works against the blue sky and clouds, so in addition to some wider angle shots with the whole facade of the cathedral, I took this tighter shot.

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