The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
4.5
Speciality Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:30 - 18:00
Monday
10:30 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 18:00
Thursday
10:30 - 18:00
Friday
10:30 - 18:00
Saturday
10:30 - 18:00
Sunday
10:30 - 18:00
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This gold-domed, ornate, 19th-century cathedral is the third largest domed cathedral in the world, and offers visitors a 300-step climb to a spectacular view of the city.
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Neighbourhood: Admiralteisky
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  • Admiralteyskaya • 7 min walk
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Lynndy M
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I was amazed with all the art beauty of this cathedral verybusy though but worth the visit one of my favorite.I hope one day I'll be able to bring my kids here cuz I always tell them how amazing Russia is.
Written 3 August 2022
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,009 contributions
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Every time I am in St. Petersburg, I try to come here, but the last time I was inside was in 1986.
The cathedral impresses with its size; it is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the city.
We admired the beauty of the interior, the stone cladding of marble in different colors and the stunning mosaics.
Now several examples of mosaic panels are displayed below, so you can see them up close.
I was impressed by the iconostasis made of white marble, malachite, lapis lazuli and quartz.
We first looked around with a guided tour, which is included in the ticket price, and then walked around the cathedral on our own.
We got to the wedding and realized how good the acoustics are here.
Separately, you can climb the colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Climbing a spiral staircase to a height of 43 meters above the ground is wide and comfortable, although the last door is very narrow.
Here is an observation deck with a 360-degree view. In continuous mode, there is an audio tour of what can be seen from a bird's eye view.
The colonnade includes 24 columns, each of which weighs about 67 tons. You can also see huge sculptures of saints mounted on the roof from the back.
It is convenient that the ascent and descent are carried out on different stairs
Written 28 July 2022
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,024 contributions
The cathedral is very beautiful, it is huge and they have some nice frescos and paintings. I would not call it a Museum but it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 28 September 2021
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SaidahJules
Dubai, United Arab Emirates234 contributions
Friends
Truly loved the place. Especially will be interesting for those who is interested in antic and real (alternative) history. Cathedral was built by antic civilization before flood. You should read about it. Peter the first didn’t built the city, he restored it!! Also cathedral works as church, so u can lighten candle. AmaZing energy.

Супер место! Особенно для тех кто знает и интересуется альтернативной историей. Почитайте!!! Энергетика! Также можно поставить свечи!
Written 14 June 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,035 contributions
St. Isaac's is still the world's largest Orthodox Shrine (the bigger future one in Bucharest is not yet finished) and the fourth largest Cathedral in the world.
It was built in 1858 by aristocracy funding in honor of Isaac the Dalmatian who was a patron saint of city founder Peter the Great. They didn't spare which is visible from outside and specially inside.
The exterior is adorned with a huge golden dome (which later inspired the US Capitol) and a total of 112 single hewn pink granite columns (you can see a movie and a model of building inside).
The interior is simply amazing, so lavish and rich it's hard to say what's more beautiful.
As all others in Russia it was banned for religion during the Communist regime and converted into a museum. Interesting fact is that St. Pet citizens refused being a Church again on a referendum, so it's still a museum (an outstanding one) with only occasional Church services.
As in any museum there's an entry fee, with a separate fee if you want to climb the dome, which I strongly suggest for great views.
Written 21 May 2021
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Wolfgang
Moscow, Russia6 contributions
Simply amazing... the labor behind it... the paintings inside had to be transformed to mosaic stones (which took decades) due to the high humidity... def. a must see in St. Petersburg
Written 17 May 2021
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Marjorie
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The displays could be more interactive. Is it worth paying to climb up, it is your choice. We think not.
Written 23 February 2021
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Mehdi
Cinq Mars la Pile, France6 contributions
I hope what you will go for see the russian beautiful momument because it place in the center of Center full
Written 4 February 2021
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,502 contributions
A too brief a visit with Alla Tours who I highly recommend. Built in 40 years in the 19th century. St Isaac was the patron Saint of Peter the Great. Phenomenal pink and grey granite columns surround the cathedral hewn from single blocks. each weighing about 100 tons. Beautiful. External bronze doors are based on and reminded me of the Baptistry in Florence. The main central dome influenced the design of the US Capitol dome.

Plenty of amazing mosaics inside including the resurrection of Jesus which you can make out in my photo. Beautiful columns of malachite and Lapis Lazuli lead towards the high altar. Gilt adorns much of the iconostasis.

Highly recommended
Written 23 October 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
An amazing church! Impressive building, very very photogenic. Both inside and outside. It has an interesting history (Wikipedia has a long and detailed write-up, they give much more information than any guide book!), and it is worth reading up. Built in the 1800's, it was a museum during communist rule. An attempt to return the building to the Russian Orthodox Church turned out to be unpopular (I was really surprised when our guide told us this!), so now it is still basically a museum, with services only on special feast days. Plenty of very interesting detail inside. Photos freely allowed. Well worth a visit. One bit of advice: try and go on a nice sunny day. It is difficult to appreciate the building and get good photos from outside if it is raining!
Written 24 August 2020
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