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“Most beautiful Cathedral in Saint Petersburg”

St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial
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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.
Reviewed January 30, 2014

Like everywhere in Saint Petersburg this big stony jewel laid in a beautiful garden.Before entering to this amazing church with a special beauty ,thane your picture from the building or the surrounding as far as possible or bring a wide lens camera with your self.View of Saint Petersburg from the dome of the cathedral is also worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

+Seeing it from outside made me think that it wouldn't worth.But inside it is so beautiful!!Such a rich church,worths a visit!!
-Churches in S.Petersburg are like a business.You pay a ticket to get in,you pay to light a candle,you pay for the paper that you write for someone to be healthy and then pay for the souvenirs!Especially in Isaac Cathedral,there is a souvenir shop inside the temple!Are we serious??Buying things inside the holly temple??

3  Thank Aphrodite T
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

St. Isaak's is one more brilliant church/museum in town. Gold and incredible works of art everywhere. Photos of what was left of the city after the war only make it more impressive as it's all restored, at least as beautiful as it was before the bombings. We walked up 200 steps to the roof top to see a fantastic view of the city. If you do that on the first day, it will help with finding your way around during your stay.

Thank Fanny B
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Great view of the city from here; if I were you I'd do this the first day of my visit to this town so you get a dimmension of the city. Also the richness of the church is amazing with its green columns. i went there without a tour guide but i read its story first and then overheard all the tour guides who were actually there (it was the summer so there were lots of cruise tourists). if i remember correctly one needs to be respectful in this church, I think it is an Orthodox one so out of respect I covered my hair at some times and there is an area (in the front) to which you can't enter, think that's were the Tzar used to go.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I visited in September 2013 with a business colleague who has some walking difficulties.

As I found throughout my visit to Russia in general municipalities are not over accommodating for disabled people. There is a clear absence of wheelchair ramps and elevators or lifts to assist them in special attractions.

Having said that my colleague was able to ascend the stairs, if somewhat slowly, and get into the inside of the building which is a very, very worthwhile visit.

I shot off around the corner to purchase the tickets which are around 300 Rubles per person so it's quite cheap to get in and then I took off for the 300 stair climb to the top of the building!! This certainly accounted for my gym for the day!

Beautiful views wait at the top and it's one of my great joys in the journey of life to view cities from the highest possible peaks.

Once back down and in the building what can one say other than WOW!

I was extremely impressed with the beauty of the biblically depicted scenes particularly of the resurrected Christ being almost a center piece in one of the biggest arches. I was sad to see so many great churches that were once functioning houses of worship are now just simply museums.

However that being said as non-functioning churches the rules for entrance and what you can do inside is a little more relaxed so you can take a lot of photographs and get into some of the buildings that you wouldn't be able to do if they were still functional.

The inside of St Isaac's Cathedral is just simply one of the most impressive works of art that you will ever see anywhere in the world.

Renovations and care for the internal side of the building has been kept at a high level so kudos to those responsible for this!

One could easily spend an hour inside the cathedral just embracing and taking in the beauty of the mosaics and the artwork. I enjoyed the fact that there is adequate natural lighting inside to help with a simple camera to produce some really beautiful photographs.

On a practical note there are no restrooms in the area but there is one outside across the road but it is not free, you pay a small amount of 3 Rubles to make use of the facilities which is well worth it if you need it!

All in all one of St Petersburg outstanding attractions and whilst it is looking a little shabby due to age and perhaps pollution on the outside, the interior is simply off the charts!

In my opinion, this is a definite visit during your time in St Petersburg!

2  Thank Harv and Les C
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