Saint Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Famous for its gold-plated dome, Saint Isaac's Cathedral 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 Saint Isaac's Cathedral and other attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .
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  • Nice restored building. More of a museum than an actual church now. Cost about $6US to visit. The hike to the top and lot over the city was great. Additional $3.50. (don't miss that part... Unless you...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Russia. Paintings on perfect mosaics, ceilings and domes with spectacular paintings.
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  • A huge medieval era cathedral that has gone many restoration to stand tall as it does today. This beautiful cathedral beholds a museum which has moderate to nominal entry fees depending on your category. E.g. a teenager under 18 is charged 250 roubles lesser. The entrance for the scenic colonnade walk is separate and the fee is 200 rouble for anyone. You can get breathtaking views and photographs from 100 m above the ground...the dimensions of the cathedral! Typically half an hour to 40 minutes spent here and enjoy a stroll in the park opposite to it later.
  • Nice restored building. More of a museum than an actual church now. Cost about $6US to visit. The hike to the top and lot over the city was great. Additional $3.50. (don't miss that part... Unless you can't hide 200 steps).
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