The first building in every Russian city or town has always been a church. Ust-Luga Company has not departed from this tradition: majestic Holy Trinity (Naval) Cathedral with St. Nicholas’ Chapel and the Chapel in Honor of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God has become the first building of a future docking town of Ust-Luga. The cathedral was built on the highest point, with its golden domes serving as a beacon for vessels that arrive in Ust-Luga.
Holy Trinity (Naval) Cathedral on the Baltic border of Russia was conceived as a symbol of the permanence of its economic and spiritual presence in the Baltic Region. The construction of the cathedral was blessed by Vladimir, Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga.
The Center of Russian National Glory has included the construction of the Holy Trinity (Naval) Cathedral with St. Nicholas’ Chapel and the Chapel in Honor of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God in the village of Ust-Luga in the list of its priority projects.
The cathedral was constructed in stages. First, Ust-Luga Company erected St. Nicholas’ Chapel near future Holy Trinity Cathedral. In May 2007, the village of Ust-Luga hosted a ceremony of laying a capsule with the names of the church builders at the cathedral construction site. On April 19, 2008 Ust-Luga Company and the National Glory Center organized a pilgrimage tour to Bari, an Italian city, where an icon of St. Nicholas was consecrated on the relics of St. Nicholas in St. Nicholas’ Basilica. The icon was donated by the family of Valeriy Solomonovich Izrailyt to the cathedral under construction. The icon dating from 1816 depicted St. Nicholas, Elijah the Prophet, St. Joseph, the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, the Savior and the Veil of the Mother of God. A month later, on the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day, the consecrated icon was brought into Holy Trinity Cathedral under construction. A dome and a cross were consecrated by the walls of the cathedral and were installed as early as in late June. On September 1, 2010 bells were hung on the bell tower of the cathedral under construction. In 2011, the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God was consecrated for the cathedral.
In 2015, Holy Trinity (Naval) Cathedral with St. Nicholas’ Chapel and the Chapel in Honor of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church.
When the church opens its doors to worshipers, it will be able to accommodate over 450 people.