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. Make St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial part of your personalized St. Petersburg itinerary using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder.
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  • Often a symbol of SPB this cathedral is very well known. Huge and truly grandiose it is worth attention both outside and inside. You will marveled by the detailed interior decoration of frescoes and g...  more »
  • There are 2 different tickets to buy. The museum is a museum of the Cathedral itself: it's history and restoration. In fact, there's ongoing restoration of the ceiling's mosaic still. The beautiful ar...  more »
  • Thus was a delightful church to visit. Airy, spacious and quite different from a lot of the other Russian Orthodox churches. The gold mosaics are outstanding especially The Last Supper. It's a huge ch...  more »
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  • Well worth the entrance fee. The interior is full of gorgeous marble and amazing frescoes. Trying visiting on a sunny day and make your way up to the rotunda for awe inspiring views of the city as well.
  • Nice architecture and really stands out against the other pale yellow, blue, pink and green palaces that all look the same. It's a very imposing building and draws in a lot of tourists. It's in a central location and makes a good reference point to return to when touring the city.
  • Perfect. Once you climb few steps you can see whole city from top. I recommend it to see it.
  • The state ex-church of imperor's family. The marathon construction story. The mystic and ironic folklore about the building. The nazi blockade survivor and salvaitor. One of the best views on the city from the top floor. The only state museum that needs no state sponsorship because of enormous tourist traffic. The typical modern victim of joint-stock company "Russian Orthodox Church". Hurry up to visit this unique place before the popes will eat it alive....
  • A must see ! Get ready to be blown away by the artwork and architecture of this majestic Cathedral!

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