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This is the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Tallinn. It was built at the end of the 19th century on the Toompea Hill in the old town of Tallinn.
It is said that to many Estonians this church was such a strong symbol of oppression under Russian rule that only the lack of money and its very sturdy construction saved it from demolition in the 1920's, when Estonia had gained independence.
After Estonia got its independence back again in 1991 the attitude has been different. Lots of money has been spent to restore the cathedral to its former glory after many years of decay during anti-religious Soviet rule.
Just across the street from the cathedral is the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament.

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