Sunday, July 31, 2011

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral - Seattle, Washington USA

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Seattle, Washington U.S.A.
Although something about each and every church named in St. Nicholas' honor that I've published touches me, I must admit that this one does in three very special ways.
First, a personal reason - once upon a time and long ago I lived in Seattle! 
Beautiful Seattle
Image Courtesy: Northwest Travel Tips
I loved the city and its environs - truly, one of the most beautiful places on earth. My family often celebrated our birthdays at the revolving Space Needle restaurant.
Second, a modern day saint, John of  Shanghai and San Francisco, often visited this cathedral and in fact, it is where he reposed July 2 of 1966.
St John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Third, when this church was dedicated to Nicholas of Myra on December 19, 1937 it was also "designated as a memorial to the martyred Tsar Nicholas II, his Royal Family and all the Russian soldiers and people who died defending their faith, tsar and country."(information from the Cathedral's wonderful website). 
The Romanov Family 1913
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
In this day and age when the sacrifice of 20th c. Christians is so often forgotten it is nice to know that at least these people - who were executed on July 17, 1918 by orders of Lenin and Sverdlov - are not. It gives one pause to know that more Christians died for their faith in the 20th century than in all the other centuries put together... After this imperial family was killed wars seemed to sweep the entire world...
Consecration of the Cathedral, 1937
Image Courtesy: 
This is a vibrant Cathedral today. 
National  Music Conference
Prayer before Class
Choir during Communion
Please stop by the Cathedral's excellent website to learn more about it and its services if you are interested in visiting it.
Easter 2007
It looks like an Easter Card!


Sara Bentley said...

What a lovely cathedral! Amazing how one, single place can have such importance and for so many various and diverse reasons. Russian churches are always beautiful, aren't they? So cool that you used to live in Seattle :)

Lois Evensen said...

What a gloriously beautiful Cathedral! Wow! And, in such a beautiful city. Thank you so much for sharing!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh yes! THAT LAST PHOTO is indeed like a post card!

YOU CAN SPOT a St. Nicholas church ANYWHERE DEAREST!!!!

Have a lovely Sunday, Anita

Out on the prairie said...

I love those towers. What a fun visit, the last photo was nice with the spring blooms in it.

Thisisme. said...

That really is one of the best St Nicholas Churches that you have posted about, Ann. It really is beautiful. I Loved the film, Sleepless in Seattle (that's nothing to do with your post, I know. Hee Hee, but how lovely that you lived there at one time).

Louise said...

What a beautiful place. It seems to radiate peace.

Colleen said...

How truly beautiful Ann! I love the last picture especially but all are simply wonderful. I always enjoy the history and stories you include about each church. That gives so much depth and fascination to the photos.

Have you visited all of these incredible places? *daydreaming* :)

Have a lovely day!

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

Great post with masses of info. It is a beautiful cathedral. Diane

Erna said...

Thanks for this interesting post Ann...
Erna xx

imac said...

Wow, what an interesting building and area.
All beautiful.

Ann said...

Lovely cathedral. I've never been to Seattle but that picture sure makes it look inviting

Gloria said...

Just beautiful!

Carol said...

Very cool church and very interesting history!

Ola said...

thanks for sharing pictures of the cathedral of the town you lived in:)

Mimi said...

Even though I live about an hour south of Seattle, and have worshiped in Seattle, I have not been to St. Nicholas.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Ann, What a neat "St. Nicholas" Church. I've never been to Seattle--but my son has and says that it is a gorgeous city... That last picture does look like an Easter card... Thanks for sharing such great info.

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Junibears said...

Your posts are always so interesting and I always learn something new.
God bless you. xx

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Miss Ann and my sweet friend Edward...what a beautiful church.
Now that Mom is retired I heard her tell Dad she wants to go to they will have to put that church on their list of places to see.
Hugs Madi

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, my girlfriend just moved to Seattle..I'm going to tell her about this so she can visit. It's so beautiful.

So happy to hear from you, Ann, and hope you're doing great!!!

Remington said...

Very beautiful!

S. Etole said...

What an unusual sight for Seattle. Enjoyed the history.

BeadedTail said...

That's a beautiful church! I would have never guessed it was in Seattle!

K9 Katastrophie said...

You won the movie!!

Michele said...

Ann I am so excited because you've done a church I can actually visit! & I didn't realize you used to love here -- or if you told me i guess i forgot. thanks for another beautiful church along with a great story about it. you're awesome. xo

Kathy said...

Lovely! Just love how you've brought the beauty of the history of this place - a wonderful place to worship God and to honor others!
thank you for sharing,

Rebecca said...

Wow! I loved seeing this Cathedral. I love seeing old pictures of a place next to new ones. Churches, Homes, whatever. LOVE IT!

Beautiful place to worship THE MOST HIGH!


Georgianna said...

Hello, Ann! How perfect that I should make my way back here just in time for your post on the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle.

I'm sure I've driven by it but you've inspired me to look into it further.

And I'm so glad that you loved your time in Seattle. I must agree about it being one of the most beautiful places on earth. No matter where I travel I'm always delighted to come home here.

As always, I've learned something fascinating here.

I hope you are well and have had a lovely summer.

– g

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

So sorry to be absent for so long Ann! Hope you are okay?

Such a lovely church with the typically Russian pinnacles. And good to know that the murdered Russian family are not forgotten. Such beautiful looking girls and little boy and to die in such a horrific manner.

Victorian1885 said...

What a beautiful post.. thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday!