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Cathedrale Smolny, St. Petersburg

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Cathedrale Smolny, once the centerpiece of a convent founded to educate young aristocrats, now serves as a concert and exhibit hall. Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed this blue and white building by combining Baroque details with the forest of towers and onion domes typical of an old Russian monastery. Climb to the top of one of the two 63 m (207 ft) bell towers for views of the city. The building features an austere, white, neoclassical interior, notable only for its fine acoustics beneath the central dome. If you are lucky, you may catch a concert rehearsal during your visit. Using our international travel planner, St. Petersburg attractions like Cathedrale Smolny can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Wow! With sun light and blue skies, the cathedral is a beautiful! You can easily reach the place by trolley bus (5, 11, 15).  more »
  • The Cathedral is one of Rastrelli's architectural masterpieces. It has a beautiful pastel blue baroque exterior but the interior is quite plain. It is now used primarily as a concert and exhibition ha...  more »
  • We went there because of the views over St Petersburg. Unfortunately, you can only go up on Saturdays and Sundays (do not trust guide books which tell differently). The interior of the church is not p...  more »
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  • The bell tower is on right few steps after entering to the church. There is a door with small sign saying to the tower. You ll need to pay a small fee to the lady sitting next to it. I almost missed this beautiful view.
  • Smolny Convent of the Resurrection is one of the most beautiful complexes of buildings in Saint Petersburg and a place you must visit when coming to town for the first time.
  • Beautiful church built by the Italian architect Rastrelli over a sixteen year period from 1748 to 1764. The cathedral is the center piece of the convent complex. The church and the monastery are awesome in their blue and white color even if the weather is not nice. However the interiors are not so rich as you can expect. Located not so far from Nevsky Prospeckt, you can go there by metro (Chernyshevskaya) or take a bus. Worth a visit.
  • Beautifull church still in faze of decoration.
  • Best church to pray to lord Jesus Christ almighty, I feel cleansed before him. Lord Christ is in our hearts and will never leave.

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