The St Nicholas Naval Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral church located in Karosta in the north of Liepāja, Latvia.

I have visited this cathedral just a couple of times, but always have been impressed by the glory of the place. 

It was at the start of November 2020, I got my new DJI Mavic Air 2 drone and I wanted to make some nice aerography, as we happened to be in the area, it was agreed to film and photograph this cathedral

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Liepāja

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Liepāja

The cathedral was built on the style of 17th century traditional Russian churches with a central dome representing Christ with 4 smaller domes representing the four evangelists on designs made by V. Kosyakov. It was built to serve as the cathedral church of the Russian navy stationed in Karosta. The cornerstone was laid in the presence of a number of dignitaries including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The cathedral was completed two years later in 1903 and was formally consecrated and dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers in the presence of the Tsar himself.

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta

The cathedral's belongings, including bells and icons, were transported to Russia during the outbreak of WWI, for safe keeping. After independence in 1918, the church was converted into a Lutheran church to serve the Latvian navy personnel.

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta

The cathedral continued to function as place of worship until the Soviet re-occupation of Latvia in 1944. The soviets prohibited anyone entering the Karosta area which was turned into a secret soviet navy territory. Consequently, the cathedral was converted into a gymnasium, a cinema and a recreation and entertainment room, referred to as the 'red corner' for the needs of sailors and soldiers. The interior of the central dome was closed to eliminate the Acoustics which made it difficult for navy personnel to hear movies in the cinema

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta from a drone flight

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Karosta from a drone flight

After Latvia's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the cathedral was given back to the Latvian Orthodox Church under the authority of the Russian Orthodox Church with the first service taking place that same year in December.

Location & Map
Latvia
Coordinates: 56.552921 21.012444