Sobór Smolny, St. Petersburg

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Sobór Smolny, 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. Use our St. Petersburg visit planning website to add Sobór Smolny and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • I went to Smolny Cathedral on Navy Day 2017 when everybody was at the shore for Navy Day celebration. It was nice and quiet.  more »
  • The Cathedral is wonderful, but try to come here in sunny weather. Then the dome played up especially elegantly
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  • Cathedral of the resurrection, designed by Rastrelli example of Russian Baroque classic, located away from the Centre but within easy reach of public transport notes
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  • The bell tower is on right few steps after entering to the church. There is a door with small sign saying to the tower. You ll need to pay a small fee to the lady sitting next to it. I almost missed this beautiful view.
  • Smolny Convent of the Resurrection is one of the most beautiful complexes of buildings in Saint Petersburg and a place you must visit when coming to town for the first time.
  • Incredible, gorgeous cathedral with an option to go alk the way up and see incredible views.
  • Very nice Cathedral, peaceful place when not invaded by groups of tourists.
  • 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.

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