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Smolny Cathedral

Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia
+7 812 271-91-82
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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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Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia
+7 812 271-91-82
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

I only saw the outside as part of a White Nights tour from our cruise. The blues and whites of the building are spectacular all lit up at night.

Thank KDG_TX
Reviewed August 8, 2017

This beautiful cathedral is inspiring in grandeur and size and colour. Next to the park and hawkers black markets it is a must to see'

Thank HawneysWorld
Reviewed August 3, 2017

After almost half an hour of walking from the nearest metro station you finally reach the destination. What a beautiful sight. This light blue and white church is part of an convent; set on the river bank. Not many tourists here, but certainly worth the...More

Thank Cowboy_H
Reviewed July 30, 2017

I believe (not 100 sure) of the five tourist attraction churches this is the only one that still practices as a full functional church. Hence there are two main rules. No pictures and women must cover there head. The outside is surrounded by park like...More

Thank Bryan_Landry
Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

Only saw the outside and it makes a pretty picture. Out of the way a bit but there are buses that get you close from Nevsky pr. The area has some beautiful buildings and it looks and feels prosperous, unlike some of the other districts.

Thank julijoyeux
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Located a bit far from the usual tours of the city, it can be reached with a 20 minutes walk from the metro station. Its typical Rastrelli's baroque style with blue and white facade is beautiful. The interior is much less luxury and hosts a...More

1  Thank PalombiG
Reviewed July 11, 2017

Smolny Cathedral was our first stop as our Scenic Volga River Cruise tour entered St. Petersburg by bus from the river dock for a guided city sightseeing tour. This Cathedral and Convent complex was designed by Rastrelli for Empress Elizabeth in the mid-1700's. She died...More

Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed July 10, 2017

This a very pretty and elegant Baroque church - one of Rastrelli gems in St Petersburg. The exterior is stunning, the interior - much more basic - often used for concerts. I visited the cathedral with an organized group excursion so the transport was not...More

Thank Dan_sofia
Reviewed July 9, 2017

The "blue and white" Cathedral has beautiful external outlook while there are decoration works going on internally. The Cathedral is mostly used for exhibitions and looked quite plain as you go inside. Not much tourists come here due to inadequate public transportation means and so...More

Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

The cathedral and entire area has a magnificent outside view. Also climbing a stairs to the top of bell tower will lead you to the unique view of St. Petersburg. Look for the entrance to the staircase at the right side after entering the cathedral...More

Thank Aviel S
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