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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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  • It is not very near. From the metro is still almost half an hour walk. But from outside is wonderful and magical with surrounding this Cathedral monastery. Inside the Church is what sober. In the Park held Lenin his speeches and he lived there also a time.
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  • It must be earned, because it takes a little walk to reach from the nearest subway. The set is impressive. Visually, a slap! A little disappointed however by inside who isn't up to the outside for my taste. Could have been just sober and beautiful, but I find that the inside is "botched". Superb visit anyway. See
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  • The visit of the Institute and Smolny Cathedral are worth a visit for the view of this impressive mass white and blue seen from very far inside the Cathedral has really no interest you can walk around this neighborhood a little more eccentric to the Tauride garden the Cathedral is surrounded by a "Communist" architecture which is also very interesting for the history of St. Petersburg
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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.

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