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One of the best examples of Baroque-style architecture, this splendid blue and white "Sailors' Church" topped with five glistening golden cupolas contains many 18th-century icons, ten magnificent paintings and walls that convey the history of the...more
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Nikolskaya Sq., 1/3, St. Petersburg 190068, Russia
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All reviews bell tower working church active church lower church small church no photography soviet times beautiful exterior open to the public st isaacs worth a visit take pictures spilled blood rope domes canal icons
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cathedral is very pretty. It is similar to Smolny (which in my opinion is a bit more impressive) but this church is still very picturesque. It is an active church, so tourists are only allowed inside by prearranging a visit. I hadn’t known that...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 25, 2019

This is another photogenic church in Saint Petersburg. Nikolsky Cathedral is at the western edge of the historic city centre. Its light blue facade is very eye-catching. The interior is typical Eastern Orthodox style. Unfortunately no photo is allowed inside the cathedral.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 6, 2019

This is too expensive for my seven kids and me. It’s not even that much fun when you have to pay more than your fishing equipment.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2018 via mobile

Lovely little baroque church near the Marinskiy theatre. Cute small garden surrounding this pale-blue church only adds to the beauty of the site.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank a1eksandar
Reviewed October 4, 2018

This remains a functional church, also with a second floor (no tourist access) meaning the interior is less grandiose and relatively small, however no less ornate than other churches you may visit. Worth a visit of you have some extra time, the most beautiful views...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John D
Reviewed September 15, 2018

The Naval Cathedral was the first Orthodox church we visited on our 72 hours visa free tour of St. Petersburg. This was also the place we learn that Russian orthodox churches do not have benches or chairs, everyone stands or knee. The church exterior colour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

This is an active Church and very beautiful both outside and in. There is only Access to the front part of the Church, although this is quite a large area. The other part is for those who attend services. I can understand why they rope...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sa1gon
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Perhaps because it is an active church, it has a special atmosphere. Access only appeared to be for the lower church (apparently there is an upper church as well but not sure how you access it) and much of the lower church was also roped...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

At least this church was never closed even during the communist time, you can feel the very special atmosphere, the icons are really old and there are piece of arts Forbidden to take pictures inside From outside It s really photogenic specially the view from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

The cathedral is quite nice but the area for turist is not so big so it's limited how much of the inside you can see.

Date of experience: June 2018
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