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

(4.8/5 based on 7,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • On a cold day in January we went to this cathedral. Snow was on the ground and the outside of the building was large but unremarkable as all building in this wonderful city is large. Entering was brea...  more »
  • Really liked it! Lived right next to St. Isaac's Cathedral, each time leaving the hostel Cathedral feast for the eyes and soul. Such a beautiful and big. A number of pleasant gardens, where you can relax while enjoying the view. Were on the observation deck, look worth:)
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  • On the one hand, on the other hand, pomposity and ease of execution of the Interior. Clutter and unnecessary religious paraphernalia not. Summer vpechaplenie more spectacular because of the enormity of the kind of outside-details as living navsajut over you, and open space inside. All in moderation
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  • One of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Definitely do not miss the chance to see St. Petersburg from the top of the church!
  • Great view of Saint Petersburg but the ticket costs too much (300 r. only for the view) . Nice place but nothing more.
  • It is a must see great Cathedral in San Petersburg. From many huge columns and gold dome exterior to the luxury richly decorated interior, plus the great view from the balcony around outside of the dome. It is well worth the ticket price and 200 steps climbing.
  • Stunning cathedral. You can pay 150 rub to get to the top and enjoy the view of the city. The top opens til 4 am in summer, not sure about winter.
  • Very nice Church, worth the hike up to the top to enjoy the view of Pieter from one of the tallest buildings. There is a separate entrance for the balcony on the dome and for the church.