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Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg
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Smolny Cathedral, 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 Smolny Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Delightful Cathedral. We were there in April of the year 2016 when it was under restoration. Then take pictures inside. So were limited to photography outside of the building. Thanks to Bartolomeo Rastrelli and Elizabeth originated this Cathedral which is an integral part of St. Petersburg as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage Museum, Church of the Savior on blood and other beautiful and symbolic structures.
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  • The Cathedral's architecture is simply divine. Immediately falls into memory. The Interior also liked. All perfectly done and very beautiful
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  • A completely new interior, first visited the Cathedral during the excursions before only about were. Inside the spacious, there is an opportunity to be alone with yourself.
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  • 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.
  • Lovely place of worship
  • Best church to pray to lord Jesus Christ almighty, I feel cleansed before him. Lord Christ is in our hearts and will never leave.
  • One of the best churches here
  • This church is used for the concerts and other cultural activity now (in near future it will be given to the Russian Orthodox Church). It is possible to go up to belfry. View over the city is wonderful, but not so touristic as on the Isaac cathedral belfry and you are almost along in compare with Isaac Cathedral.