Saint Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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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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  • St. Isaac's Cathedral, completed in 1858 was a Russian Orthodox cathedral until 1931, when it became a museum. It is very interesting both inside and outside and is an example of the Russian...  more »
  • The most beautiful of the cathedrals. Ticket offices to the right of the main facade (St. Isaac's Square): a visit to the cathedral (about 300 rubles) and an ascent to the colonnade (150 rubles) are.....  more »
  • We didn't visit the inside but had a sunny day when we took evening tickets to the roof. Check the opening times before you visit. There are 263 steps up but if you can, go up to view the city...  more »
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  • We loved seeing it at night. There is an upstairs and a ground level tour. This Church needs at least an hour without a crowd to do it right. I highly recommend late night. The church takes on a different feel when it's empty at night. The photos are more reverend and striking. It feels so much less touristy. That said the staff were not very friendly and they will close early regardless if you have tickets in hand. To not expect them to allow you in 20-25min before closing. The guard even made a "get lost" sign behind my back when I sled If he could allow the teenagers in our party in since they did the upper tour and still had 20min. Nope. So get there 75-90min before closing at a minimum and buy your tickets online not at the machine there.
  • This is worth a visit. Honestly spending time in the church isn’t much worth it. Some of the art is beautiful, but the dome is where to spend your time. The sights that you can see from up top are great. Beware, it can be quite windy and many people lost hats as soon as the made it to the top.
  • Definitely one of the most memorable and iconic cathedrals ever built! The inside is spectacular. Every corner is filled with art and gold. Simply breath-taking. There's some stairs that take you all the way to the top and you have an impressive view of the surroundings too. In the entrance there's some machines where you can purchase your tickets. There's likely to be a long line so go with time. You are allowed to take pictures inside.
  • Beautiful church with mosaics showing moments of the life of Jesus Christ and some saints. The box office is located next to the church and souvenirs can be bought inside the church. To climb to the top of the dome and have a magnificent view of the city, another ticket is paid.
  • A bit of waiting to get a ticket but it's worth it. The visit on the roof gives an amazing view of the city. The museum is really impressive with a very unique architecture.

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