St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tarpon Springs

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a Greek Orthodox parish and center for Greek-American life in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Its noted Neo-Byzantine church is located at 36 North Pinellas Avenue.
St. Nicholas hosts an annual Epiphany celebration on January 6, in which Greek Orthodox boys aged 16 to 18 dive into Spring Bayou to retrieve a white wooden cross, said to bring the finder good luck for the year. It is the largest such event in the Western Hemisphere, with thousands in attendance. A statue of an epiphany diver is located in front of the church.
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  • If you are in the area and the cathedral is open is worth stopping to see. Beautiful inside and enjoyed our walk through, especially with it being around Christmas time.  more »
  • This Neo-Byzantine architectural style Greek Orthodox cathedral is TripAdvisor reviewer #1 rated Tarpon Springs attraction, for good reason. It is the center of Tarpon Springs Greek culture. St...  more »
  • Gorgeous! Breathtaking stained glass and paintings. This is a cathedral that you don’t want to miss. However, I did find many of the things that the woman who was acting as the docent said that to me were controversial. I would prefer that if somebody is giving me a tour of the cathedral that they keep it positive and don’t complain about other religions. But the cathedral itself is a must see.
  • What a treasure! We spent a respectful hour walking through the church. Classic Greek Orthodox sanctuary altar not visible as no Mass was being said So much history in such a beautiful space. I visited with someone who was willing to share his experiences here. He praised his community and could not see himself in any other parish. Lots of Byzantine touches to see close up and a well maintained structure. The parishioners have much to be proud of in their jewel of a church!

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