List of largest Orthodox cathedrals

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This is a list of the largest Orthodox Christian cathedrals in the world, based on area and capacity. Any Orthodox cathedral that has a capacity of 5,000 people, can be added to this page. The cathedrals are listed in alphabetical order according to country. The cathedrals are from various jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is the body of Christians in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople (Istanbul).

The largest Orthodox church building is either the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour or the Church of Saint Sava, depending on the measurements used.[1]

Name Images Capacity
(worshipers)
Area City Jurisdiction Country Year Built
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi
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15,000 5,000 m² (53,825 sq ft) Tbilisi Patriarchate of Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia 2004
Church of Saint Sava
Temple Saint Sava.jpg
10,800 5,436 m² (58512 sq ft)[2] Belgrade Patriarchate of Serbia Serbia Serbia 1989
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
AlexanderNevskyCathedral-Sofia-6.jpg
7,000[3] 3,180 m² (34,229 sq ft) Sofia Patriarchate of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria 1912
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander-Newski-Kathedrale.JPG
5,000[4] 3,170 m² (34,125 sq ft) Tallinn Moscow Patriarchate Estonia Estonia 1900
Poti Cathedral
Poti Cathedral (Photo A. Muhranoff, 2011)-1.jpg
2,000 Unknown Poti Patriarchate of Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia 1906
Saint Andrew of Patras
Patras Cathedral 2.jpg
5,500 2,000 m²[5] Patras Church of Greece Greece Greece 1908-1974[6]
Agios Minas Cathedral
Catedral (Heraclion).jpg
8,000 Unknown Heraklion Ecumenical Patriarchate Greece Greece 1895
Church of Saint Panteleimon
Saint Panteleimon Acharnon.jpg
10,000[7] Unknown Athens Church of Greece Greece Greece 1930
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre BW 19.JPG
10,000[8] Unknown Jerusalem Patriarchate of Jerusalem Israel Israel 326
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
Daugavpils Ss Boris and Gleb Orthodox Cathedral (2).jpg
5,000 Unknown Daugavpils Moscow Patriarchate Latvia Latvia 1905
Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral 5,000[9] 1,542 m2 (16,600 sq ft) Timișoara Patriarchate of Romania Romania Romania 1940
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
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10,000 5,240 m² (57,200 sq ft) Moscow Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1883, demolished 1931, rebuilt 2000
Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg
Казанский собор и канал.jpg
6,000 Unknown Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1811
Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt
Kronstadt Naval Cathedral.jpg
6,000[10] 5,325 m² (57,323 sq ft) Kronstadt Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1913
Church of the Nativity of Christ
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5,000[11] Unknown Kyshtym Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1857
Novocherkassk Cathedral
Вознесенский собор.jpg
5,000[12] Unknown Novocherkassk Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1904
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral.jpg
14,000 4,000 m² (43055, sq ft) Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1858
St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
St. Nicola's Cathedral.JPG
5,000 Unknown Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1753
Sophia Cathedral
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5,000 Unknown Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate RussiaRussia 1788
Transfiguration Cathedral of Ugresha Monastery
Ugreshi.jpg
7,000 Unknown Dzerzhinsky, Moscow Oblast Moscow Patriarchate RussiaRussia 1521
St. Michael's Cathedral
Михайловский кафедральный собор (Черкассы).jpg
12,000 Unknown Cherkasy Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 2000
Odessa Cathedral
Храм Христа Спасителя в Одессе.jpg
10,000[13] Unknown Odessa Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 1837, rebuilt 2003
Uzhhorod Orthodox Cathedral
Храм Христа Рятівника (Ужгород).JPG
5,000 Unknown Uzhhorod Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 1990

Under construction[edit]

Name Images Capacity (worshipers) Area City Jurisdiction Country Completion Comment
Romanian People's Salvation Cathedral[14]
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6,000 7,500 m² (62,377 sq ft) Bucharest Patriarchate of Romania  Romania June 2018 Will become the largest Orthodox church in the world if completed. Will become the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.

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