St.Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

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    St Issac's Cathedral

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 6, 2014
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    back to the hotel for the jackets and hit refresh, then on to The Church of St. Isaac. This church was big gilded, columned and also very impressive and was known as a symbol of the revolution and working class Russia. it made impressive use of emphasing space while maintaining impressive presense. Very decorative with major use of marbles, lapis lazuli and frescoes etc.

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    by elpariente Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    El interior de la catedral es espléndido , sus paredes y suelos están revestidos de mármoles rusos , italianos y franceses , de 14 colores y de 43 tipos de piedras y minerales semipreciosos , el iconostasio tiene las columnas recubiertas de malaquita y azurita e iconos de grandes artistas rusos y detrás de él se ve una vidriera que representa la Resurrección , las tres puertas de madera y bronce que pesan 20 toneladas y tienen escenas de la vida de Cristo y de los Santos , la cúpula que ocupa 816 metros cuadrados con sus pinturas de la Virgen , estatuas doradas y más de 400 cuadros , mosaicos y esculturas
    En la época soviética fue cerrada como catedral y se convirtió en Museo del Ateísmo , actualmente sigue funcionando como Museo de la construcción de la Catedral, aunque en ocasiones especiales se celebran algunas ceremonias religiosas y conciertos , especialmente corales
    Hay que destacar que en todo este periodo se siguió conservando el edificio y todas sus obras de arte a pesar de las diferencias ideológicas

    The interior of the cathedral is magnificent, its walls and floors are covered with Russian, Italian and French marble of 14 colours and 43 types of semi-precious stones and minerals, the iconostasis has columns coated with malachite and azurite and icons of great Russian artists and behind of it there is a window depicting the Resurrection, the three wood and bronze doors weighing 20 tons that have scenes from the life of Christ and the Saints, the dome which has 816 square meters with paintings of the Virgin, gilded statues and more than 400 paintings, mosaics and sculptures
    In Soviet times the cathedral was closed and became a Museum of Atheism, currently still it is operating as a Museum of the Construction of the Cathedral, but on special occasions are celebrated religious ceremonies and concerts, especially corals
    Note that during this period the building and all its master pieces , despite the ideological differences , were perfectly conserved

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    San Isaac ( 1 )

    by elpariente Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    Se construyó una pequeńa iglesia de madera en 1710 por orden de Pedro I , que recibió el nombre de San Isaac de Dalmacia, pues era el santo que se celebraba del día de su cumpleaños .
    Esta iglesia fue reconstruida varias veces( 4 ) , hasta que Alejandro 1 decidió en 1817 hacer una de las iglesias más grande del mundo y encargársela al arquitecto Francés Montferrand
    El exterior es de estilo Neo Clásico , hecho según la tradición Ruso-Bizantina con una planta en cruz griega , con una cúpula central y cuatro más pequeñas
    Fue una obra de ingeniería digna de analizar , en la que colaboró el Ingeniero español , canario , Antonio Bethancourt y de la que se puede destacar :
    - Como era un terreno pantanoso fue necesario clavar 10.000 pilotes de madera para hacer los cimientos
    - Tiene 112 columnas , de 67 toneladas de granito rojo y Antonio Bethancourt estudió un sistema de andamios para elevarlas hasta 40 metros
    - Para dorar la cúpula ,que tiene 21,8 m de diámetro, se emplearon 100 kilos de oro y una técnica parecida a la pintura con spray que utilizaba mercurio y generaba vapores muy tóxicos
    - La cúpula está construida en metal y tiene tres capas como si fuera una "matrioska", para asegurar el aislamiento térmico y conseguir una acústica perfecta

    An small wooden churchwas built in 1710 by order of Peter I, that was named St. Isaac of Dalmatia, who was the saint celebrated on his birthday.
    This church was rebuilt several times (4), until Alexander 1 decided in 1817 to build one of the world's largest churches and he asked the construction to the French architect Montferrand
    The outside is Neo Classical style, made following the Russian-Byzantine tradition with a Greek cross plan , with a central dome and four smaller
    It was an engineering work that is worthy to analyse, where the Spanish engineer, from Canary Islands , Antonio Bethancourt colaborated , and we may indicate the following tasks :
    - As it was a swamp it had to drive 10,000 wooden trunks for the foundations
    - It has 112 columns, of 67 tons each , of red granite and Antonio Bethancourt studied a system of scaffolding to raise them up to 40 meters
    - To gild the dome , that is 21.8 m in diameter, were used 100 kgs of gold and a technique similar to that used for spray paint using mercury that generated very toxic gases
    - The dome is built with metal and has three layers as a "Matrioska" to secure the thermal insulation and to get a perfect acoustic

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    ST. ISAACS CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 8, 2012

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    St. Isaacs Cathedral

    St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally St. Petersburgs main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, and still is an amazing sight to see, especially the big gilded dome!

    The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite).

    Inside, there are lots of mosaics and paintings, and a lovely stained glass window of the "Resurrected Christ" inside the main altar. The church can accommodate 14,000 standing worshipers.

    Visitors... Entrance tickets just inside the right-hand door in the southern facade (not at the street-level ticket booth).

    If you are up to it, climb the 300 steps up to the cathedral's colonnade, and enjoy the views over the city.

    OPEN....
    Thursday to Tuesday, 11am to 7pm, last admission is at 6pm
    The Colonnade observation point is open: Thursday to Tuesday, 11am to 6pm, last admission is at 5pm
    Closed: Wednesdays

    NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS ALLOWED INSIDE!

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    Saint Isaac's Cathedral

    by ruki Updated Nov 16, 2011

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    Isaakievsky Sobor is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great.
    The cathedral's main dome rises 101,5 meters and is plated with pure gold. The exterior is faced with gray and red stone, and features a total 112 red granite columns with Corinthian capitals.
    Foreign visitor should buy entrance tickets and if you have a time go to climb the 300 steps up to the cathedral's colonnade and enjoy the views of the city.

    Closed: Wednesdays,
    Open times: 11am-7pm

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    Very Impressive Edifice

    by hunterV Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    Having a boat trip along the city canals you will see lots of magnificent edifices. his is the golden dome of St.Isaac's Cathedral built in 1818 - 1848.
    St.Isaac was the patron saint of Peter the Great.
    According to the legend, St.Isaac lived in the fourth century A.D.
    He protected Christians from the Roman Emperor, for which he was subjected to severe punishment.
    This edifice was one of the most impressive edifices of its time: it's 111.5 m long,
    97.6 m wide and 101.5 m high!
    The cathedral could hold 14.000 people at the same time.
    You can see splendid bronze sculptures and fine collonades, massive doors.
    I remember visiting St.Isaac's cathedral and walking around it enjoying the site.
    It is a very impressive edifice, both inside and outside.
    It was interesting to listen to the guided tour of the cathedral and learn about its construction - the efforts, material and the enthusiasm they invested into it!
    Visiting St.Isaac's Cathedral you will see the monument to Nickolas the First in front of it.
    The statue is unique, too: the emperor's horse stands on its hind legs and is only supported by its tail. It is unique in this respect.
    It looks very impressive indeed!

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 14, 2011

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    The construction of St. Isaac's Cathedral started in 1818 and took almost 40 years.

    It was the main Russian Orthodox Church of St. Petersburg, but under the Soviets it was used as an antireligious museum.

    Don't miss to climb the colonnade of the Cathedral which offers panoramic views of St. Petersburg.

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    St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the silhouette of St. Petersburg at the river Neva. It is located at Isaakievskaya Plochad, not far from the Western end of Nevsky Prospect (Metro: Nevsky Prospect).

    Website: http://www.cathedral.ru/

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    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St Isaac's Cathedral is a very impressive looking domed cathedral located in the heart of St Petersburg. It is one of the largest domed buildings in the world.

    The inside of the cathedral is "richly decorated" (or in my opinion over the top!) and has a painted ceiling.

    At 320 feet high it is a prominent landmark in St Petersburg. The best thing about it is that you can climb up to the top of the dome for fabulous views across the city.

    Tickets are purchased in the street to the right of the front of the cathedral, and you can buy tickets to go inside the cathedral, or you can just buy a ticket that allows you to climb to the top, as we did (and when you are up there you can look through the windows and see what the inside looks like!).

    Oh, and if you want to take photos....even from the top of the cathedral, you have to pay extra! There was a guard up there checking on this.

    Views were great, well worth the climb!

    Open Thu-Tue 11am-6pm

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    One of the Largest Domed Structures

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    After we visited St. Peter and Paul's Fortress, we went to St. Isaac's Cathedral where they do still have services. I said - there's not room for that many people unless they all stand. And the guide said - we don't sit during services. So that explained that.

    St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of Russia's most famous churches and is extensively decorated with detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and it was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

    Inside were models of the previous buildings on the site (photo 2) and the current cathedral (photo 4). Foreign visitors should buy entrance tickets just inside the right-hand door in the southern facade (not at the street-level ticket booth).

    Open: Thursday to Tuesday, 11am to 7pm, last admission is at 6pm
    The Colonnade observation point is open: Thursday to Tuesday, 11am to 6pm, last admission is at 5pm
    Closed: Wednesdays

    Although the website says there is no photography inside, I obviously did not find that to be the case.

    This was our last stop before we went back to the ship.

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    St Isaac's Cathedral

    by Santini738 Written Dec 31, 2007

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    Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia is the largest cathedral in the city and was the largest church in Russia when it was built (101.5 meters high). It was dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

    The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier Rinaldiesque structure. A specially appointed commission examined several designs, including that of the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand (1786–1858), who had studied in the atelier of Napoleon's designer, Charles Percier. Monferrand's design was criticised by some members of the commission for the dry and allegedly boring rhythm of its four identical pedimented octastyle porticos. It was also suggested that despite gigantic dimensions, the edifice would look squat and not very impressive. The emperor, who favoured the ponderous Empire style of architecture, had to step in and solve the dispute in Monferrand's favour.

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    St Isaac cathedral

    by filip007 Written Nov 13, 2007

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    St Isaac cathedral

    An imposing sight from all the center of the town, it was designed (as usual in St Petersburg) by a french architect Richard de Montferrand.

    The actual building is bigger than the original design so that it became one of the greatest cathedrals in the world and took also 40 years to build between 1818 to 1858. And this huge mass (300.000 tons) is standing on a swamp...

    While it was a museum of atheism during soviet era, today it is still a museum, but nothing to do with atheism anymore...

    Besides the interior, you can also climb to the tower with great views on St Petersburg.

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    More massive than you'd expect

    by Zirpsis Written Aug 22, 2007

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    You can only grasp the vastness of this church when you're inside and you can understand why it took over 40 years to build. For instance, the massive red granite columns are really huge and they each are made of one piece of rock. If you want to take pictures inside, remember to buy a permit and also remember to turn the flashlight off.

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    St Isaac's Cathredal

    by hydronetta Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    St.Isaac's Cathedral is an absolutely marvellous church (one of the largest domed structures in the world, area of 4 thousand sguare meters and can hold up to 12 thousand people) and a landmark for Saint Peterburg. Located in Senate Square its golden dome can be seen from any part of the city.
    The present Cathedral is the fourth erected on the site and it took forty years to build it and sixteen years more to decorate the interior.
    A lot of valuable materials were used, among them lazurite, malachite, porphyry, all kinds of marbles. The walls and vaults of the cathedral bear paintings and mosaic works made by well-known Russian artists: C.Briullov, F.Bruni, P.Basin, P.Shebuyev and others. On the whole more than 200 artists took part in the works.
    Both inside and outside the cathedral is decorated with sculptures made to the designs by famous sculpturs
    It is indeed a masterpiece and a breathtaking church, unfortunately no photos are allowed inside. You can climb to the top of the dome for beautiful views over the square and the city

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    The biggest church in St. Petersburg

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Sep 25, 2006

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    This orthodox cathedral is stunningly large - the biggest church in St. Petersburg and one of the biggest churches in the world as well. The only suitable (catholic) equivalent would be St. Peters Cathedral in Rome. The interior is magnificent, with mosaics depicting biblical scenes all over the place. Compared to orthodox churches, even some of the most prominent baroque catholic churches look rather simple.

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    st Isaacs

    by sparkieplug24 Updated Sep 16, 2006
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    This cathedral took 40 years to build 1818-1858 and is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. It has a magnificet golden dome roof which was made with 220ibs of gold. The cathedral can hold 14000 people. In 1931 during the soviet era the catherdral was turned into a museum which showed anti-religous artifacts. For the 300th anniversary of st issacs the cathedral was rennovated. Today the cathedral is still largely used as museum however sometimes during important church holidays such as easter the cathedral holds services. You can climb to the viewing gallery just below the dome and from here you can get a panoramic view of the city.

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