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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  • wasnt sure about going into this Church but im glad i did its more quite then the other main ones but equally as beautiful  more »
  • Passed by St Issac's Cathedral on Navy Day. An elegant building from outside and worth the visit when you are around the area.  more »
  • The Interior of this Cathedral is very majestic with its gilding, its mosaics and columns in malachite and lapis lazuli. Take the time to climb the colonnade to admire a panorama at 360 ° on the city.
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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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