The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
4.5
Speciality MuseumsChurches & Cathedrals
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: Admiralteisky
How to get there
  • Admiralteyskaya • 7 min walk
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia13,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
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 July 28, 2022
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Travel Expert
Cyprus49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia1,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Carol W
Johannesburg, South Africa114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mjomidi
Tehran, Iran74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Wolfgang
Moscow, Russia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Henry Lee
Kuching, Malaysia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The St Isaac's Cathedral is another building that shows the impressive architecture of the Russian people. The techniques of raising the huge granite columns and the method of how gold was used to decorate the Cathedral was both amazing and sad.
Great place to visit .
Written February 1, 2020
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Elena
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
One of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in St. Petersburg. I advise you to walk around the temple with a guide to learn more about the history. Also, for a fee, you can climb the colonnade of the cathedral to look at St. Petersburg from a height. In clear sunny weather, there will be a beautiful view
Written March 20, 2023
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