List of largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings

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This is a list of the largest Eastern Orthodox church buildings in the world, based on area and capacity. Any Eastern Orthodox church building that has a capacity of 5,000 people, can be added to this page. The church building are listed in alphabetical order according to country. The churches are from various jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The tallest and largest Orthodox church in the world by volume is the People's Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest. The largest Orthodox church in the world by area is the Cathedral of the Nativity in New Cairo, regardless of the continent. The Cathedral of the Nativity belongs to the Patriarchate of Alexandria and it is a coptic Orthodox Church.

Name Images Capacity
Area Volume
City Jurisdiction Country Year Built
People's Salvation Cathedral
People's Salvation Cathedral - Days of Consecration 16.jpg
6,000 6,100 m² 323,000 m³
Bucharest Romania Patriarchate Romania Romania 2010-present
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
(museum & cathedral)
Saint Isaac's Cathedral in SPB.jpeg
14,000 7,000 m²
260,000 m³ Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1858,
Museum 1931-2017;
Museum & Cathedral from 2017
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Moscow July 2011-7a.jpg
10,000 4,900 m² 194,900 m³
Moscow Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia Demolished 1931, Rebuilt 2000
Church of Saint Sava
Temple Saint Sava.jpg
10,800 5,400 m²
170,000 m³
Belgrade Serbian Patriarchate Serbia Serbia 1989-present
Kazan Cathedral
(Saint Petersburg)
Kazan Cathedral - panoramio (1).jpg
6,000 4,000 m² Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1811, museum 1931-1992 (1996), cathedral from 2017
Tsminda Sameba Cathedral
Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) IMG 8951 1920.jpg
10,000 3,000 m² 137,000 m³ Tbilisi Patriarchate of Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia 2004
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
5,000[6] 3,170 m²[7] 86,000 m³
Sofia Patriarchate of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria 1912
Novocherkassk Ascension Cathedral
Войсковой Вознесенский собор - усыпальница Героев Отечественной войны 1812 года.jpg
5,000 2,900 m² 135,000 m³
Novocherkassk Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1904
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
5,000[10] 3,170 m² Tallinn Moscow Patriarchate Estonia Estonia 1900
Kronstadt Naval Cathedral
Naval Cathedral of St Nicholas in Kronstadt 02.jpg
5,000 3,000 m² Kronstadt Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1913
Saint Andrew of Patras
Agios Andreas Church Patras Dec 2016.jpg
7,000[11] 2,600 m²[11] Patras Greek Orthodox Church Greece Greece 1908-1974[12]
Poti Cathedral
Poti Cathedral (Photo A. Muhranoff, 2011)-1.jpg
5,000[citation needed] 2,000 m² Poti Patriarchate of Georgia Georgia (country) Georgia 1906
Resurrection Cathedral
Orthodox Church Tirana 2016 albania.jpg
1,660 m² Tirana Albanian Orthodox Church Albania Albania 2014
Agios Minas Cathedral
Crete Iraklio4 tango7174.jpg
8,000[citation needed] 1,350 m²[13] Heraklion Greek Orthodox Church Greece Greece 1895
Church of Saint Panteleimon
Saint Panteleimon Acharnon.jpg
10,000[citation needed][14] Athens Greek Orthodox Church Greece Greece 1930
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre BW 19.JPG
10,000[15] Jerusalem Patriarchate of Jerusalem Israel /State of Palestine Israel/Palestine 326
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
Daugavpils Ss Boris and Gleb Orthodox Cathedral (2).jpg
5,000 Daugavpils Moscow Patriarchate Latvia Latvia 1905
Ascension of the Lord Cathedral
Catedrala Înălțarea Domnului - Bacău.jpg
5,000[16] 1,706 m² Bacău Patriarchate of Romania Romania Romania 2017
Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral
Catedrala Mitropolitana "Sf. Trei Ierarhi" Timisoara.jpg
5,000[17] 1,542 m² 50,000 m³
Timișoara Patriarchate of Romania Romania Romania 1940
Church of the Nativity of Christ
Kyshtym church.jpg
5,000[19] Kyshtym Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1857
St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
St. Nicola's Cathedral.JPG
5,000 Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate Russia Russia 1753
Sophia Cathedral
St Sophia cathedral Pushkin 1.jpg
5,000 Saint Petersburg Moscow Patriarchate RussiaRussia 1788
Transfiguration Cathedral of Ugresha Monastery
7,000 Dzerzhinsky, Moscow Oblast Moscow Patriarchate RussiaRussia 1521
St. Michael's Cathedral
Михайловский кафедральный собор (Черкассы).jpg
12,000 Cherkasy Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 2000
Odessa Cathedral
Храм Христа Спасителя в Одессе.jpg
10,000[20] Odessa Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 1837, rebuilt 2003
Uspenski Cathedral
Uspenski Cathedral Helsinki 2012.jpg
1,000 m² Helsinki Finnish Orthodox Church (Autonomous church under Ecumenical Patriarchate) Finland Finland 1868
Uzhhorod Orthodox Cathedral
Храм Христа Рятівника (Ужгород).JPG
5,000 Uzhhorod Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukraine Ukraine 1990
Metropolitan Cathedral, Iași
RO IS Metropolitan orthodox cathedral.jpeg
Iași Patriarchate of Romania Romania Romania 1839/1886
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sibiu
Catedrala Ortodoxă din Sibiu - fațada.jpg
Sibiu Patriarchate of Romania Romania Romania 1904

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