Saint Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

Famous for its gold-plated dome, Saint Isaac's Cathedral features an observation deck offering arguably the finest views of the city. Built during the first four decades of the 19th century, the cathedral remains one of the largest Orthodox edifices in the world, its golden cupola dominating the city's skyline from a height of over 101 m (333 ft). Designated as a museum during the 1930s, the lavish interior features highly decorated granite and marble columns and pilasters. Pay special attention to the main iconostasis, framed by eight ornate columns of semiprecious malachite and lazurite stone. To reach the observation deck, climb the staircase winding its way around the drum of the dome. Arrange to visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral and other attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .
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  • For small money, you go to this impressive church. It is almost as beautiful as the BlutsKirche. It has inside is bigger and shines with the many different images of the sacred. Audio guide is to buy in many languages for € 3 and offers a lot of information.
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  • This is brutal architecture at its best but on studying the facade the granite one piece columns are impressive and they migrate to the internal space but the diameter is scaled down. The interior is ...  more »
  • They say this Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the fourth largest cathedral in the world but it was so crowded the day we visited that you couldn't really appreciate its size. It is beautiful and well wo...  more »
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  • Quiet November evening. Fresh and free, every step echoes in my heart, and the majestic view of St. Isaac's Cathedral makes my every cell tremble. It can not be put into words, it is not to draw in the picture, these need to breathe and experience this moment of happiness! Hello, Peter! I can feel you at your feet!
  • This is an amazing cathedral. The murals are breathtaking and the architecture is captivating. I really loved wandering around in this beautiful building. I must have spent couple of hours in here. Make sure to go downstairs and upstairs. You have to see both. And also don’t forget to look up- that’s where all the action happens. Finally the lighting in this building is amazing. If you go at the right time of day, you can catch rays of light shinning though the dome into the building. I tried capturing that with my phone.
  • Is an impressive cathedral. Maybe too impressive,and it gives you the feeling that it has been built just for that. The decoration is really rich and opulent, with much gold and with colourful stones and marble. Maybe the art is missing the sense of tension and of human pain that we expect from modern art. It's worth a visit.
  • A great cathedral. Beautiful and very impressive both from the inside and the outside. You can also go up on the cupola. From there you can basically see the whole city. Highly recommended.
  • An iconic Cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Russia. Take the audio guide when you buy your tickets, and set aside at least two hours to fully absorb the overwhelming beauty of this Cathedral. Does not entail much walking within, but you will need this time to assimilate the art and the history behind the creation of the structure and the artefacts within.
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