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“Pay twice to visit Cathedral and for the view.”

St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial
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St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Edinburgh
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“Pay twice to visit Cathedral and for the view.”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stunning interior which is huge but which you have to pay to get into - it is more of a museum than a cathedral. You have to pay again if you want to climb up to get a view of the city from the 'Colonade'. Worth climbing the 262 steps as the view is wonderful and it is quite an easy climb.

Visited May 2013
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“St Petersburg, St Isaacs Cathedral”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

A "must see" attraction in this beautiful city. The Cathedral very close to the equestrian statue of Peter the Great, and is easy access from the Hermitage. The ticket office is to the rear of the building and as usual in St Petersburg, the entrance fee for tourists is higher than for locals. The interior is truly wonderful, beautifully lighted, use of cameras is allowed. Access to the dome is by stairs, but these are widely spaced and it is an easy climb. At the top of the stairs, there are two narrow bridges to the central area...one for entry and one for exit....make sure you use the correct one when leaving, or an ancient crone "jobsworth" will appear from a little wooden shed, and shout at you ! (The image of this old lovey climbing those stairs every morning is something to think about !) The view of the city is well worth the climb

Visited February 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Lovely Place to Be”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Really enjoyed the energy of this Cathedral, we were lucky to see it at Easter where there were choirs singing and lots of people inside. Worth a look. Also check out diagonally on the opposite side of the street is a cute restaurant (think it's number 20?) called Marketplace. It's reasonably priced and freshly cooked, great concept - was buzzing at in the evening....

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Museum”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

They call if a museum but many visitors were entering the small chapel inside to pray and light candles. Magnificient dome (3rd largest in Europe) and gilded baroque altar screen and doors. Very popular with Russain tourists so be prepared to queue

Visited May 2013
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“imposing building”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

truly an impressive building. i could not comprehend how this was supposed to have ended up as a anti religious structure in the "old days" because it is a very serene building and is obviously meant to be a religious building. it was very busy with tourist. apparently the view from the top is amazing but as its over 200 steps we gave it a miss...

Visited April 2013
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