Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Cathedral
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This dazzling blue and white Baroque-style cathedral, never fully completed by Winter Palace architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, is now used for concerts and exhibits.
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy613 contributions
    Rastrelli style
    You can easily recognize Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s rococo style in this beautiful light blue cathedral, known as Smolny Cathedral as well as Resurrection Cathedral. It’s a bit uncomfortable to reach by metro but you can go there by bus. It’s considered the masterpiece of Rastrelli, apart from the palaces.
    Written September 29, 2022
  • Malgorzata
    11,503 contributions
    Beautiful place
    Smolny Cathedral  is considered one of the greatest temples in St. Petersburg. Smolny Monastery was founded by the tsarist Elizabeth, who wanted to settle there permanently after the end of her rule. The construction of the walls of the cathedral and the adjoining monastery, and the decoration of their facades took place in the years 1748-1764. And the interior decoration in the classical style took place in the years 1832-1835. From the high belfry ,68 m, of the cathedral, there is a great view of the city.You can go the top of the tower by a small price. In 1917 it became the seat of communists. During the USSR it was destroyed and transformed into a museum. In 2014, it was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church, however, the liturgical functions were restored only on January 25, 2016. It is also worth adding that the Smolny Cathedral is one of the highest observation points in St. Petersburg. It's a bit far from the city center but it's definitely worth a visit. A true gem.
    Written May 3, 2020
  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,515 contributions
    One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Saint Petersburg!
    Cathedral of the Resurrection of the Word of all educational institutions, the Resurrection of Christ Smolny Cathedral or Smolny Cathedral is part of the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Monastery, which is located on the Smolny Embankment. In the 1740s, Elizaveta Petrovna wanted to build a majestic monastery on the site of the Smolny House (the palace in which she lived her childhood), where she would end her days in peace and quiet. The monastery complex was to include a cathedral with house churches and a bell tower and an institute for girls from noble families. The project was entrusted to the court chief architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The solemn ceremony of laying the foundation of the cathedral took place on October 30, 1748. After the death of Elizabeth Petrovna, work gradually stopped. At the end of the 1820s, at the direction of Nicholas I, work began on the completion of the cathedral according to the revised project of the architect V.P. Stasov. As a result, the cathedral was completed in 1835. On July 20, 1835, Metropolitan Seraphim of Novgorod and St. Petersburg consecrated the temple in the name of the Resurrection of Christ. Unfortunately, on October 7, 1922, the Petrosoviet decided to close the cathedral, and in 1990 a concert and exhibition hall was even opened in the cathedral. And only on January 25, 2016, on the day of the holy martyr Tatiana, the Smolny Cathedral was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church and re-consecrated. Today, restoration work continues in the cathedral, despite the fact that it is open for divine service.
    Written August 20, 2022
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy613 contributions
Sep 2022
You can easily recognize Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s rococo style in this beautiful light blue cathedral, known as Smolny Cathedral as well as Resurrection Cathedral. It’s a bit uncomfortable to reach by metro but you can go there by bus. It’s considered the masterpiece of Rastrelli, apart from the palaces.
Written September 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,515 contributions
Jul 2022
Cathedral of the Resurrection of the Word of all educational institutions, the Resurrection of Christ Smolny Cathedral or Smolny Cathedral is part of the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Monastery, which is located on the Smolny Embankment.
In the 1740s, Elizaveta Petrovna wanted to build a majestic monastery on the site of the Smolny House (the palace in which she lived her childhood), where she would end her days in peace and quiet. The monastery complex was to include a cathedral with house churches and a bell tower and an institute for girls from noble families. The project was entrusted to the court chief architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The solemn ceremony of laying the foundation of the cathedral took place on October 30, 1748. After the death of Elizabeth Petrovna, work gradually stopped. At the end of the 1820s, at the direction of Nicholas I, work began on the completion of the cathedral according to the revised project of the architect V.P. Stasov. As a result, the cathedral was completed in 1835. On July 20, 1835, Metropolitan Seraphim of Novgorod and St. Petersburg consecrated the temple in the name of the Resurrection of Christ.
Unfortunately, on October 7, 1922, the Petrosoviet decided to close the cathedral, and in 1990 a concert and exhibition hall was even opened in the cathedral. And only on January 25, 2016, on the day of the holy martyr Tatiana, the Smolny Cathedral was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church and re-consecrated.
Today, restoration work continues in the cathedral, despite the fact that it is open for divine service.
Written August 20, 2022
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,204 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Smolny Voskresensky is very elegant, painted in pleasant white-blue colors, which gives it additional airiness.
The inside of the cathedral turned out to be very bright - the interior is still being renovated. Large icons are installed along the walls in white frames, the iconostasis is also in the process of restoration. It stands out beautifully in gold against the white background of the walls.
We decided to climb the bell tower - 200 rubles. The ascent seemed more convenient than the colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral, although the height of the ascent is the same - 50 m. First, the steps are wide and stone, then you move on to a narrower and steeper metal staircase. The moment of transition over the dome of the bell tower along the shaky thundering coating is very interesting. You can study the interior of the cathedral.
The observation deck offers a beautiful view of the city. The audio guide tells which buildings we can see.
A free binocular is installed here and it is easy to see most of the sights from a bird's eye view.
Written July 28, 2022
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
Jun 2019
A very dramatic and photogenic cathedral from the outside but a lot plainer on the inside than most of the Orthodox Churches we visited. It is only a little bit out of the centre but due to traffic can still take quite a while to get there. Can climb the stairs to the bell tower (not terribly strenuous) for a nice viewpoint over St Petersburg but the view is not as impressive as that from St Isaac’s.
Written May 26, 2020
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norgeva
St. Petersburg, Russia1,051 contributions
May 2020
This is an incredible cathedral that is definitely worth making a trip to see! You can also go up into the tower and see the entire downtown!
Written May 23, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,503 contributions
Jul 2019
Smolny Cathedral  is considered one of the greatest temples in St. Petersburg. Smolny Monastery was founded by the tsarist Elizabeth, who wanted to settle there permanently after the end of her rule. The construction of the walls of the cathedral and the adjoining monastery, and the decoration of their facades took place in the years 1748-1764. And the interior decoration in the classical style took place in the years 1832-1835. From the high belfry ,68 m, of the cathedral, there is a great view of the city.You can go the top of the tower by a small price. In 1917 it became the seat of communists. During the USSR it was destroyed and transformed into a museum. In 2014, it was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church, however, the liturgical functions were restored only on January 25, 2016. It is also worth adding that the Smolny Cathedral is one of the highest observation points in St. Petersburg. It's a bit far from the city center but it's definitely worth a visit. A true gem.
Written May 3, 2020
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alexey2612
Moscow, Russia15,936 contributions
Jun 2019
I visited the Smolny Cathedral many times. Now it is under repairs. So I was lucky to visit it when it wasn't. It is gorgeous. Make sure you go upstairs to get a bird's eye view.
Written April 14, 2020
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drogilmour
Guatemala City, Guatemala2,691 contributions
Dec 2019
This baroque complex by Giacomo Quarenghi was finished in 1835, known back then as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, served as the temple of all educational institutions of the city. In the interior you can see some billboards in Russian and English explaining about the education on home chores for young girls at the institution established in the quarters known as Educational Society of Noble Maidens.

After the revolution, the Smolny Cathedral was closed by the Soviet authorities. A warehouse was set up on the marble steps, and all the historic icons and religious property was transferred to museum warehouses until they figured out what to do with it. What we appreciate now is a fully restored and operating cathedral, all the icons date back to the last decade of the 20th century, they are practically new and that is noteworthy since some are truly a master piece.

Worth admiring the huge bell before the entrance. If you are into elevated city sights, visit the belfry with one of the most bewitching views of the city.
Written January 14, 2020
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Rallefus
Aalborg, Denmark44 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Smolny Cathedral is beautiful. Not overly decorated inside but more "clean" than many other cathedrals. The bell tower should also be visited because it offers a good view of the city on two levels. All in all worth a visit.
Written January 5, 2020
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jennyq7
United Kingdom2,037 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Good photo stop. Lots of coaches and street selling people.quality of goods looked dubious.
One of many churches.
Written October 10, 2019
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