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Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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 far from the main street (Nevsky Prospeckt) and you can easily take the bus going to this church. The church is absolutely beautiful and even with the blue sky above. You can enter the churc...  read more »
  • A beautiful temple, but was still under restoration at the time of the visit. Very surprised that you can put candles with a donation in the amount of free amount.
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  • We hit at a time when the scaffolding were completely removed and the Cathedral is visible in all its glory. Blue wall in the background of a dark sky fascinate view. When we arrived on the bus shook his greatness and beauty. All recommend.
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  • 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.
  • Magic place , extremely beautiful!
  • Обожаю его в 9 утра, когда ещё темно)
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