Monday, February 28, 2011

St. Nicholas Churches Around the World - New York City, USA - Russian Orthodox Cathedral

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, New York City, USA
 Images all Courtesy: New York Architecture Images
This is a beautiful cathedral with an amazing history. Its story opens during the final decade of the 1800s with over 300 devout from Russia knowing that they could no longer continue to meet in rented rooms, chose a location for a church building in what was then a modest neighborhood in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Czar Nicholas II made the first donation towards the church's construction in 1901... the same emperor who, along with his entire family, was later murdered in 1918. Problems came to this cathedral in the 1920s when the atheistic power then holding Russia in its iron grip wanted to control this cathedral and the 3 million dollars worth of property owned by the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA. The "Cold War" continued a period of strain.
This is all part of its history now. In 1973 St. Nicholas Cathedral was designated a Landmark.
Sunday, November 16, 2003, was a grand date in the life of this historic church. Many hierarchs were on hand to celebrate the Divine Liturgy marking the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral and its rededication. (Please visit the Cathedral's website to read more about this amazing structure built in honor of our Lord). Metropolitan Kirill wrote upon the occation of its rededication, "Through the prayerful intercession of St. Nicholas the Cathedral of New York has hold its ground [through the years] and is embodying the implementation of the plans of its holy founders."
The interior of the Cathedral
Another fabulous glimpse...
A devout lighting a candle...
and saying a prayer...
much as her ancestors must have done.
One final shot of this magnificent building...
May it's steadfast doors continue to welcome people for many centuries more!

24 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Another church with a different style but this is I presume typical of Russian style. It is quite beautiful and although not very old, old enough to have a interesting history. Diane

Zuzana said...

Dear Ann, I am back from my break.;) I thoroughly enjoy these beuatiful tours of stunning churches. The interior you show here is amazing.
Hope all is well with you.;)
xoxo

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Ann,
What a beautiful cathedral...magnificent, indeed!

I sure hope that Edward is feeling better. I read the most amazing news story the other night about cats and how attached they become to their female owners...it was so touching and a new study revealed that they are like babies who form such an attachment to their mothers. I thought you would love hearing about that.

Have a beautiful day!!!
XO

Sara Bentley said...

Oh, that's just such a beautiful old church! Actually, when I lived in N.Y.C. I used to walk past this very church every day and always loved looking at it. It's such a wonderful and meaningful legacy for the Czar Nicholas II to have contributed to! Really stunning :)

Pat said...

Stunning cathedral. I love the Russian style. xx

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, my how wonderful. What a beautiful cathedral. I truly enjoy your blog, all the information, and the images. Thank you.

That corgi :) said...

that is a beautiful looking church!!

(no St. Nicholas churches here in our town; closest one is a St. Nicolas Orthodox church in the San Diego area, but not familiar with it)

betty

Madi and Mom said...

Oh my word what a beautiful church inside and out. I love the domes....
Madi and Mom

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Ann! This Russian cathedral is magnificent! The inside just takes my breath away..
Thank you for your visiting again. Bebe is resting up for her journey to her new home.
Have a wonderful week
fondly,
Penny

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Ann! This Russian cathedral is magnificent! The inside just takes my breath away..
Thank you for your visiting again. Bebe is resting up for her journey to her new home.
Have a wonderful week
fondly,
Penny

PEA said...

Another amazing church! The opulance inside and outside is breathtaking. I loved reading the history behind this cathedral and will go take a look at their website to learn more, thank you for the link:-) xoxo

George the Lad said...

Hi Ann
Thanks for you comment, just catching up on your blog, hi Edward good to see you have a weekly post ;) got your paws under the table I can see.
Now I didn't know there was so many St Nicholas churches around the world!
How many St George's do you think there are :) I'm just saying.
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Remington said...

That is SOOOO beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Laurie! said...

they sure don't make 'em like this anymore!!

Elaine said...

I always love seeing the Russian style architecture and this cathedral is gorgeous, along with an interesting history.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Another fabulous "St. Nicholas" Church, Ann... WOW--that Russian Orthodox Church architecture is awesome... I love seeing the inside also. Just gorgeous!!!! Thanks..
Hugs,
Betsy

Nick Thomas said...

Christmas all year is a good idea, although the constant eggnog would do me in.

Krystal said...

wow, that one is GORGEOUS.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS! Just dashing off today to work, wanted to stop by to offer a greeting of admiration and friendship. Blessings, Anita

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Oh my gosh, how beautiful! How have I never seen this magnificent cathedral on one of my long city walks before? I am now determined to go visit. Thanks!

Mandie said...

I think I saw a documentary on that family. It was very interesting. What a beautiful church it is. Blessings

the chirpy bird said...

Oh boy! I know some of these pics are from the US, but they looks so European and lately Europe is calling my name...And I want to answer with a resounding YES!
Great post!
x

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow you find the best pictures to show and make me want to travel to see them all! And always with information I didn't know, thanks so much!

Lynn said...

Ann,
Thank you for showing us another lovely church. I have linked to your site in my "Cute Kitty Thursday" post today. Hope Edward is doing well.
Have a nice week!