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
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Speciality Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Admiralteisky
How to get there
  • Admiralteyskaya • 7 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
Apr 2021
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 May 21, 2021
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milespointstravelkom
Redlands, CA1,252 contributions
May 2019
The line in front of the St. Isaac’s cathedral was about 20 minutes long as the tour buses had started to arrive by now. Tickets were 350 Rubles/person. The interior of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral is very impressive and not to be missed. There are a lot of amazing mosaic artwork pieces inside as well as very beautiful paintings.
Written February 29, 2020
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Srishti Misra
Dubai, United Arab Emirates56 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
If ever in SPB, please visit this museum especially those who dig for beautiful art. I would also highly recommend to take up the stairs to the rooftop from where the entire beautiful city of SPB can be viewed. It can be a bit tiresome but absolutely worth the climb. I would let the pictures speak for themselves.
Written January 25, 2020
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Wolfgang
Moscow, Russia6 contributions
Apr 2021
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 May 17, 2021
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia989 contributions
Aug 2019
We paid a quick visit to this Cathedral Museum as part of our 2 day tour of St Petersburg. The mosaics are reproductions of paintings which were deteriorating in the cold & damp conditions inside the cathedral. Really worth a look!
Written July 25, 2020
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,502 contributions
Nov 2019
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 October 23, 2020
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Travel Expert
Cyprus49 contributions
May 2019
I have visited St. Isaac's cathedral with collonade last May. From outise this cathedral impreses with it's size and you expect to see inside dark interior with few decorations,but to my surprise it was stunning.Marble,gold,paintings was definately worth to see when visiting St Petersburg.
Collonade has separate entrace from the cathedral and you need to clim the stairs. Like a lot of stairs but the view which you see from the top is really worth it. It was quite cold on top because of the wind.
Written April 10, 2020
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mjomidi
Tehran, Iran74 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Magnificent Architecture.
St. Isaac's Cathedral was intended to be the greatest in the Russian Empire. An unusual work of art, with four impotent columned porticos, as the interior of the Cathedral is a profusion of exquisite murals and mosaics, with eye-catching combination of colored marbles, malachite, lapis and gilt.
Take your time and enjoy your visit.
Written June 20, 2020
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Carol W
Johannesburg, South Africa112 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This Cathedral is just incredible. You could sit all day looking up & around the incredibly beautiful ceilings & walls. Such an honor to be able to sit and take the entire Cathedral in. Totally a visit to admire & appreciate how it was built and how it is still standing. Mind blowing. A must visit.
Written January 25, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,183 contributions
Jul 2019
St. Isaac's Cathedral, completed in 1858 was a Russian Orthodox cathedral until 1931, when it became a museum. It is very interesting both inside and outside and is an example of the Russian neoclassical style. It has a rich and interesting history and is a stunning example of Russian architecture and art. It os the largest Orthodox temple in St. Petersburg and the second largest in Russia , built on the order of Tsar Alexander I. It is 97.6 m wide, 111.2 m long and 101.5 m high. The temple makes an amazing impression. The cathedral with golden domes is located near the Hermitage and the Neva River. This is worth a visit.
Written May 8, 2020
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