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 3,000 people or more, can be added to this page. Entries are included even if they currently do not function as a church. For example, the Hagia Sophia is included – it was originally built as a church but was later converted into a mosque. Sorting is done by volume (priority) and area. The church building are listed in alphabetical order according to country. The churches are from various jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Name Image Area (m²) Gross volume (m³) Capacity Built City Country Jurisdiction Notes
Interior Exterior
People's Salvation Cathedral
Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului - București (Iulie 2020).jpg
ca 5,000 m² [1][2][3] 5,760 m²[1][4][5] 323,000 m³ [6][7] 7,000 [a][8] 2010–present Bucharest Romania Romania Patriarchate of Romania Along with the largest volume and interior area, 127 m high and 126 m long, it is the tallest and longest Orthodox church building in the world.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral [b]
Saint Isaac's Cathedral in SPB.jpeg
4,000 m² [10] 7,418 m²[11] 260,000 m³ 12,000 [12] 1818-1858, Museum 1931 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia State Russian Museum With 105 m length and 93 m width it is the Orthodox church building that has the greatest groundfloor extent.
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Mars 2013.jpg
7,960[citation needed] 255,800 m³ [13] 532–537 Istanbul  Turkey Ecumenical Patriarchate 537-1453 converted to mosque
Church of Saint Sava
St. Sava Temple.jpg
3,650 m² [c][14] 4,830 m²[15] 170,000 m³ [14] 6,000−10,000 [d][16][14] 1935–2004 Belgrade Serbia Serbia Serbian Patriarchate It is the tallest (78 m), longest (91 m), widest (81 m) and largest (by area and volume) church building in the Balkans.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
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3,990 m² [17][18] [e] 6,829.3 m² [17][19] 101,992 m³ [17] 10,000 [20] 1839–1883, Demolished 1931, Rebuilt 1994–2000 Moscow Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate The church building has an underground area of 28,000 m², it contains the hall of the church council with 1,250 places, the hall of the synod meetings, refectory, and technical installations[21]
Kazan Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral - panoramio (1).jpg
4,000 m²[citation needed] 6,000[citation needed] 1811 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Trinity Izmailovsky Cathedral
Spb 06-2017 img06 Trinity Cathedral.jpg
3,500 m²
1835 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Tsminda Sameba Cathedral 3,000 m²[citation needed] 137,000 m³[citation needed] 10,000[citation needed] 1995-2004 Tbilisi Georgia (country) Georgia Patriarchate of Georgia
Novocherkassk Ascension Cathedral
Войсковой Вознесенский собор - усыпальница Героев Отечественной войны 1812 года.jpg
2,900 m²[citation needed] 135,000 m³
5,000[citation needed] 1904 Novocherkassk Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
3,170 m²
86,000 m³
1882-1912 Sofia Bulgaria Bulgaria Patriarchate of Bulgaria It is the tallest (53 m) and largest (by area and volume) cathedral in the Balkans.
Transfiguration Cathedral
Украина, Одесса - Свято-Преображенский кафедральный собор 02.jpg
3,100 m²[citation needed] 9,000
1837, rebuilt 2003 Odessa Ukraine Ukraine Moscow Patriarchate
Smolny Convent
Smolny Convent.jpg
3,000 m²[citation needed] 6,000
1764 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Kronstadt Naval Cathedral
Naval Cathedral of St Nicholas in Kronstadt 02.jpg
3,000 m²[citation needed] 5,000[citation needed] 1913 Kronstadt Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Church of Saint Panteleimon
Saint Panteleimon Acharnon.jpg
2,400 m²[citation needed] 5,000[citation needed] 1930 Athens Greece Greece Greek Orthodox Church
Holy Trinity Cathedral 2,100 m²[citation needed] 5,000[citation needed] 1990–present Baia Mare Romania Romania Patriarchate of Romania
Annunciation Cathedral
Zalopan', Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine - panoramio (10).jpg
2,000 m²[citation needed] 5,000
1901 Kharkiv Ukraine Ukraine Moscow Patriarchate
Saint Andrew of Patras
Agios Andreas Church Patras Dec 2016.jpg
2,600 m²
1908–1974[31] Patras Greece Greece Greek Orthodox Church
Cathedral of the Lord's Ascension 1,706 m²
5,000[citation needed] 2017 Bacău Romania Romania Patriarchate of Romania
Resurrection Cathedral
Orthodox Church Tirana 2016 albania.jpg
1,660 m²[citation needed] 5,000[citation needed] 2014 Tirana Albania Albania Albanian Orthodox Church
Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral
Alba Iulia.jpg
1,542 m²[33] 50,000 m³
1940 Timișoara Romania Romania Patriarchate of Romania With 91 m height It is the second tallest church building in Romania.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
1,450 m²[citation needed] 4,000[citation needed] 1900 Tallinn Estonia Estonia Moscow Patriarchate
Agios Minas Cathedral
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1,350 m²
3,000[citation needed] 1895 Heraklion Greece Greece Greek Orthodox Church
Saint Mark's Church
Crkva Svetog Marka u Beogradu.jpg
1,150 m²[citation needed] 3,000[citation needed] 1940 Belgrade Serbia Serbia Serbian Patriarchate
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
Daugavpils Ss Boris and Gleb Orthodox Cathedral (2).jpg
1,100 m²[citation needed] 3,000[citation needed] 1905 Daugavpils Latvia Latvia Moscow Patriarchate
Poti Cathedral
Cathedral in Poti, Georgia.jpg
1,000 m²[citation needed] 3,000[citation needed] 1906 Poti Georgia (country) Georgia Patriarchate of Georgia
Uspenski Cathedral
Uspenski Cathedral Helsinki 2012.jpg
1,000 m²[citation needed] 1868 Helsinki Finland Finland Finnish Orthodox Church
St. Michael's Cathedral 12,000[citation needed] 2000 Cherkasy Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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10,000[36] 326 Jerusalem Israel/State of Palestine Israel/Palestine Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Transfiguration Cathedral of Ugresha Monastery
7,000[citation needed] 1521 Dzerzhinsky, Moscow Oblast Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Church of the Nativity of Christ
Церковь Рождества Христова в Кыштыме (действующая).jpg
5,000[37] 1857 Kyshtym Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
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5,000[citation needed] 1753 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Sophia Cathedral
St Sophia cathedral Pushkin 1.jpg
5,000[citation needed] 1788 Saint Petersburg Russia Russia Moscow Patriarchate
Uzhhorod Orthodox Cathedral 5,000[citation needed] 1990 Uzhhorod Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Iași Metropolitan Cathedral
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1887 Iași Romania Romania Patriarchate of Romania

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The cathedral is projected for 10,000 people in the main cathedral building and underground galleries. A total of 7,000 peoples/worshipers can attend at the holy liturgy in the same time, with 1,000 – choirs (three places), clergy, three levels of balconies right-left, and 6,000 pilgrims. In the underground galleries can be accommodate 3,000 peoples.
  2. ^ Currently functions as a museum[9]
  3. ^ The official site specifies that, the Nave & Altar area is 3,650 m2 and the three Narthex area is 1,444 m2. The total internal area of the temple (cathedral) is 5,094 m2 (without stairs). On the official site, the area of the temple is specified separately, not as a total. This is why confusion arises. Note! To the paragraph above: No, the official site does not say that. 1,444 sq. meters is the combined area of the second level and not the floor. This 1,444 sq. meters is the combined area of the balconies for the choirs. This is clearly stated in the official site and there is no confusion. Furthermore, the total external area of the church (without the stairs) is 4830 sq. meters – given by the official cadastre.
  4. ^ The official site specifies that, on the nave floor can be accommodated 7,000 worshipers. More precisely 6,300 worshipers on the nave floor and 700 choirs (balconies). In the temple galleries (underground), can be accommodated 3,000 worshipers. Also the official site specifies that, in total 10,000 worshipers, can accommodated on the nave floor and in the underground galleries. The nave floor criterion is considered standard without annexes. Also valued at 10,000 can be disputed including the annexes, to increase the value.
  5. ^ The church covers 3980 m2


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