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Nikolai Cathedral

  • 4–1–3 Surugadai Map It
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Updated 08/19/2013

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It's curious that a Russian Orthodox cathedral was built in Tokyo's Electric Town, but it's a place to stop for a quick snapshot. Formally, this is the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, derived from its founder, St. Nikolai Kassatkin (1836–1912), a Russian missionary who came to Japan in 1861 and spent the rest of his life here. The building, planned by a Russian engineer and executed by a British architect, was completed in 1891. Heavily damaged in the earthquake of 1923,

the cathedral was restored with a dome much more modest than the original. Even so, the cathedral endows this otherwise featureless part of the city with unexpected charm.

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4–1–3 Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0062, Japan

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Updated 08/19/2013


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