St. Isaac's Cathedral is the most lavishly decorated cathedral of St.Petersburg. Peter the Great was born on the feast day of St.Isaac, a famous Dalmatian monk, and he wanted to dedicate a church to him.
But only in 1818 the project of Auguste de Montferrand was approved. Costruction proceeded very slowly, and it was consecrated only in 1858.
The height of the cathedral is 101.5m. The dominant feature is a gilded dome, 100 kg of gold were used for gilding. 24 statues encircle the dome. They are copies of Antique originals by J.Hermann. The cathedral has 4 smaller bell towers, and each corner of the cathedral's roof is adorned by the sculptural groups of angels with torches by Vitali. Vitali was in charge of bronze bas-reliefs on biblical subjects for three huge doors made of oak.
The four enormous porticoes are decorated with monolithic granite columns, brought by sea from Vyborg.The columns are 50 feet high and weigh 114 tons each. It took 45 min. to put up one column. The pediments of the porticoes are decorated with reliefs by Vitali and Lemaire and reflect the life of St.Isaac, the Adoration of the Magi, the Resurrection.
The decor of the cathedral is extremely impressive.The Iconostasis is decorated with ten malachite and two lazurite columns,two lower tiers are mosaics while the upper tier has paintings.
The gilded bronze Holy Gates are adorned by a sculptural group "Christ in Glory" by Clodt. The walls inside of the cathedral are faced with 14 kinds of marble of contrasting colors. A group of the most talented painters: F.Bruni, T.Neff, C.von Steuben, C.Mussini painted the monumental murals, the ceiling painting was created by K.Brulov. It depicts the Madonna surrounded by saints and angels.
Interior of St. Isaac Cathedral as well as panoramic view of the city from the Dome.
A-ha, this pic was taken in that far away Soviet times with much better camera, so you can see the green marble beauty inside....
Some of the pics in this Must see section was taken by single use camera I borrowed from the hotel fridge, so don't judge the quality.... you know how these cameras shoot, heh....
I was so overwelmed with emotions being back in St. P after 12 or more years, that I didn't care much about the photo device, I just rushed like a headless chicken around the streets, taking pictures and not noticing that it was -20C outside....
Strolling around St.Petersburg, don't forget St. Isaak's Cathedral. Its dome is breathtaking! You can climb the cathedral - on the height of 43 meters there is a round space with a magnificent view opening from there!
St. Isaac's Cathedral. The photo is of the large main door, beautifully cast.
Huge dome, I'm thinking the 3rd largest after St. Peters in Vatican City, and the Ayah Sophia in Istanbul, both of which I'm happy to say I've seen.
built in 1818 the dome of st. isaac's cathedral dominates the skyline of st. petersburg. the cathedral contains a wonderful collection of icons.
Not only from outside, this place looks excellent from inside as well. The renovation work done on the cathedral is excellent and architecturally as well its very nice, worth a visit !!
I know everyone goes there, and it's a bit pricy, and it's a total tourist trap - go anyway. St. Issac's is the most amazing cathedral I've ever seen.
One of the top places for visiting. Built on the project of the French architector August Manferrand. dominated by a big dom, for covering of which 100 kg of pure gold was used.
Visit the statue of Peter the Great. Erected by Catherine The Great in honor to the city's founder. The statue has become a landmark of St petersburg.