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Isaac Cathedral. Main Church Of Imperial Russia

The forth highest church in Europe was constructed within 1818-1858. The legend has it that the young French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand was predicted that he would die after the construction was completed. True or not, but the cathedral became his life time work and the architect died a few days after it was consecrated.

The church was dedicated to the Byzantine monk of the forth century St Isaac of Dalmatian.

It happened so that the birthday of Peter I fell on the day celebrated in Russia as the day of Saint Isaac and the Emperor ordered to build a church in his name. That small wooden church had nothing but the name in common with its forth present version.

The cathedral is richly decorated with paintings, murals, mosaics… Malachite, lapis lazuli, porphyry, different varieties of marble face its walls and columns. And glittering gold… All in all they spent about 400 kilograms of gold inside and outside the cathedral.

The church used to accommodate up to 14000 parishioners. Today it is a museum, one of the most impressive historic and artistic places to visit. And don’t forget to go upstairs to have a breathtaking look at the city from the observation deck.

Address: 4, Isaakievskaya pl.
01.05-15.09: Open everyday 10:00 - 19:00
16.09-30.04: Open 11:00-19:00, Closed on Wednesday

01.05-15.09: Open everyday 10:00 - 18:00
16.09-30.04: Open 11:00-18:00, closed on Wednesday

You can visit this museum as part of one of the following tours:

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