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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  • Can you imagine how hard it now is something to surprise or interest to adolescents? But when visiting the Cathedral of my children just gasped. So their beauty and magnificence of the Cathedral struck inside. Gilding, stunning frescoes, columns of semiprecious stones, mosaics, all-everything is here, you must at least once in their life. If you prefer, you can climb up to the dome of the Cathedral and admire with a bird's-eye view of the city (don't forget to do this, buy a ticket at the box office).
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  • The great thing about-Colonnade! 200 with superfluous steps (good fitness) and you have a chic look. Our guide told us about the fact that this place did not bomb during World War II, but shards of the time left on the pillars!
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  • He is gorgeous. Amazingly, twenty years later, enter the building and understand what the second No. There are others. Stand up, sit down on the bench, look at the people around. Eternity.
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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.