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Smolny Cathedral

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Smolny Cathedral

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Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124 Russia
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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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CAPerth wrote a review May 2020
Perth216 contributions111 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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norgeva wrote a review May 2020
St. Petersburg, Russia1,049 contributions218 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Malgorzata wrote a review May 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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alexey2612 wrote a review Apr 2020
Moscow, Russia15,937 contributions2,210 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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drogilmour wrote a review Jan 2020
Guatemala City, Guatemala2,701 contributions467 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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