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.
During the white nights, the colonnade of the St. Isaacs church is open till 05:00. Normally the colonnade closes at 20:00.
The night opening gives you a great opportunity to see the city at night or see the sun set.
Entrance fee 100 rubbles.
This Cathedral stood out on the skyline so we made a beeline for it. It is a very impressive building. It looks as if there are bullet holes on one of the pillars, does any one know if this is correct?
This is one of the largest domed building in the world!!
100kg of gold leaf was supposedly used to cover the 21.8m-high dome.
Also, this was the last neo-classical structure to be build in St Petersburg.
Its lavish interior, covering 4000 sq m with 600 sq m of mosaics and 16 tons of malachite, 14 types of marble, is not to be missed.
You can also climb the 43-m (262 steps) high colonnade for a skyline view of the city. You will need a seperate ticket for this though.
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.
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.