The 10 Tallest Orthodox Bell Towers in the World

Remember when we charted the world in search of the tallest Orthodox churches and ended up in Russia? Well, the bell tower top-list shares certain similarities with that one – 8 of the 10 contestants will be located in Russia again, so stay tuned for some cold weather (wink). Ready? Right – let’s take a closer look at what these bell towers have to offer in terms of height.

10. Assumption Cathedral:
Well, the first contestant (or the 10th, if you wish to look at it that way) is one of the two that do not pertain to Russia. Located in Kharkiv, Ucraine, the bell tower of the Assumption Cathedral (also known as Dormition Cathedral) reaches an astounding height of 89.5 metres. As you can see, this particular list starts off pretty ambitiously.

9. Nikolo-Berlyukovsky Monastery:
Russia breaches the bounds of the competition and occupies the ninth place with its Nikolo-Berlyukovsky Monastery. Located within the heart of the village of Avdotyino (Moscow Oblast), it has been built between the years 1895 and 1899. The traditional measure of its bell tower equals 127 arshin 4 vershoks (about 90.3 metres).

8. Nikolo-Ugresha Monastery:
Originally built between the years 1758 and 1763 and rebuilt in 1859, the Nikolo-Ugresha Monastery takes the eighth place with its phallic bell tower soaring at 93 metres. What’s interesting about this Dzerzhinsky-based (Russia) establishment is that its bell tower is adjacent to the other buildings of the monastery.

7. Peter and Paul Church:
Next up we have one of the more “underground” churches of this list. In fact, its bell tower has been declared the tallest rural one in the world. You may have guessed it, we are talking about the Peter and Paul Church of the village of Porechye-Rybnoye (Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia). Soaring at 93.7 metres, it only narrowly outruns the previous contestant.

6. Great Lavra Belltower:
This contestant is intriguing because it pertains to the ancient cave monastery of Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Ukraine). Built between the years 1731 and 1745, it has been the tallest standalone belfry of its time. Soaring at 96.52 metres, it marks the last non-Russian entry of this top list.

5. Annunciation Cathedral:
This is the only contestant to have made the other top list as well (the one pertaining to the tallest Orthodox churches of the world). The belfry of the Annunciation Cathedral of Voronezh reaches an astounding height of 97 metres and it has been built to adhere to a Pseudo-Russian style.

4. Resurrection Cathedral:
The pride of the town of Shuya could not have been left out for it has a bell tower that soars at 106 metres. Built between the years 1810 and 1832, it is also a standalone belfry like the Great Lavra Belltower. In fact it is the tallest of the Ivanovo Oblast of Russia.

3. Monastery of Our Lady of Kazan:
Outrunning the previous contestant by a single metre, the bell tower of the Monastery of Our Lady of Kazan reaches a height of 107 metres. Built in Tambov between the years 2009 and 2011, it is the tallest Christian structure in the Central Federal District of Russia. What’s interesting about it is that it has a reddish tinge that makes it the most recognisable of all the contestants.

2. Transfiguration Cathedral in Rybinsk:
If we are going to talk about awe-inspiring architectural masterpieces, we must include the bell tower of the Rybinsk-based Transfiguration Cathedral. Built between the years 1797 and 1804, the five-level belfry soars at an imposing height of 116 metres (not to mention the fact that it is topped by a fabulous gilded spire). Definitely a must-see if you are visiting the Yaroslavl Oblast of Russia.

1. Peter and Paul Cathedral:
As you can see, the juggernaut of all bell towers comes down to a somewhat taken name. Our contestant on the 7th place may share its name to some degree but it could not even come close to its belfry height of 122.5 metres. The three-level bell tower is the pride of Saint Petersburg and it is also crowned by a gilded spire. The top is decorated by the figure of a flying angel making it one of the most desirable sights of the city.

Did you enjoy our list?

How many of the aforementioned bell towers have you set eyes upon? Tell us all about your travels and your experiences in the comment section below. Oh, and do pack those thick clothes if you are planning to visit our contestants (wink)!

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