Location: On a plane in front of the Aberg Lookout Tower on Doubská Mountain
Period of construction: Between 1999 and 2000
Official opening: 16 November 2000
Accessibility: Not accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the chapel by taking an approximately 4.5 kilometre long walk along Cesta Přátelství (Friendship Path), which leads from Grandhotel Pupp in the centre of Karlovy Vary via the Diana Observation Tower and through the charming spa woods. You may shorten your walk by taking the funicular to the Diana Observation Tower.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, travel by Bus No. 6 to the terminal stop in Doubí. From there, walk 3 kilometres up the blue-marked tourist path that leads by the former Saint Linhart Café up to the tower. Parking for passenger vehicles may be found in the vicinity.
History of the structure
The unique wooden Orthodox Chapel of Saint Nicholas built between the years 1999 and 2000 on a plane in front of the Aberg Lookout Tower on Doubská hora (Doubská Mountain) was financed from the private funds of Nikolai Gennadievich Stepanov. The foundation stone was blessed by Vladyka Metropolitan Dorotei on the feast day of St. Peter and Paul on 12 July 1999. The individual wooden components of the future chapel were processed, numbered and prepared for assembly at a Russian plant. The entire modular set was then transported to Karlovy Vary where it was assembled directly on site. The chapel was consecrated on 16 November 2000 by Christopher, Archbishop of Prague and Metropolitan of the Czech Lands. Unfortunately, the chapel was open to people of faith and visitors only a few years.
The chapel and the adjoining lookout tower have been closed for several years and they are not accessible to the public at present. Despite being closed, the picturesque chapel with its amazing architecture is definitely worth visiting.