St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, St. Petersburg

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Famous for its gold-plated dome, St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial 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 St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and other attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .
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  • Is one of the obligatory visits in this city where the entire architecture is a work of art. The exterior is lush and impressive interior.
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  • Beautiful. We did not tour inside but walked around the outside of the Cathedral. If we had more time we would have gone inside.  more »
  • Many times, and each time were breathtaking. Free tour and very interesting. Upstairs in the winter cold were raised.
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  • Stunning building. Impressive architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in the world. My favorite one in Russia. Open from 10:30 to 18:00, except Wednesday. The adult admission fee to the cathedral was RUB 250 and the Colonnade RUB 150 or an All-in ticket for RB 400 for both (prices October 2017). You can easily buy the tickets in a machine next to the ticket office. Accept cards and cash.
  • Amazing! The price to go up to the top is super worth it! Spectacular views of the city all around! The stairs seem like a lot but it's not that bad. I made it to the top with a baby strapped to me and it was actually pretty easy. This place is definitely worth spending some time at. I haven't been to the museum, but it's not that much more than going to the top and it looked pretty cool inside. The architecture is stunning.
  • Great views from the colonnade. 262 steps to reach it. Stairs are low and staircase quite wide. (No lift) It is so grand Inside the cathedral. Stunning interiors, absolutely beautiful place. Jaw dropping. No toilets inside (across the road for small change)
  • Such an impressive cathedral located in the most beautiful city of the world! The view is really amazing from here! Saint Petersburg is such an amazing and well-planified city.
  • Great place of history. Worth visiting. 262 steps to the colonnade gives a great view of the city.

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