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The State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral (Исаакиевский Собор)

Magnificent St Isaac`s Cathedral is a symbol of Saint-Petersburg and one of the tallest landmarks of the city located at the very heart of it. This is the fourth biggest cathedral in the world impressing with its grandeur, splendid interior and great view from the observation deck of Cathedral`s colonnade.

St Isaac's Cathedral and Monument, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The foundation stone of St Isaac`s Cathedral was laid by the Emperor Peter the Great in 1707. During the following century, the Cathedral was being rebuilt and moved from one place to another for several times until in 1818 Emperor Alexander I didn`t approve the final design of it created by Auguste de Montferrand. In 1858 St Isaac`s Cathedral was consecrated gaining the status of the main country`s cathedral: members of the imperial family were christened here. It took 40 years to build the Cathedral. A legend has it that Montferrand was prophesied that he would die after the completion of Cathedral`s construction. And this is what happened: he died in a month after construction completion.

The Cathedral looks really impressive: the church which is 101.5 m tall has a dome on top it which diameter is 26 m – 100 kg of red gold was used to create it. Four sides of the Cathedral are made of marble and granite and encased with grand porticoes and 112 integral columns decorated with 300 sculptures and alto-relievo containing iconographic scenes. The Cathedral can hold up to 12,000 people total.

Cathedral interior is not less impressive – about 150 pieces of Russian mural painting of mid-19th century are collected here. Cathedral`s dome painted by K. P. Bryullov, the altar crowned with a stained-glass window with the image of Christ and perfect mosaic panels for the creation of which more than 12,000 shades of smalt were used produce the stunning impression. Walls are faced with jasper, porphyry and variegated marble, iconostasis and the Royal doors are decorated with columns made of Ural malachite and Afghan lazuli.

During Soviet era the Cathedral lost its religious meaning: one of the first anti-religious museums was opened here in 1928 and in 1948 it was converted into “St. Isaac`s Cathedral” museum. Starting from 1990 church service resumed in the Cathedral and it is being held there up to the present day.

Concerts of classical and church music are also held here. Cathedral`s museum complex is well-suited for personal visiting as well as for visits of tourist groups. Visitors to the Cathedral will also have great impressions at the observation deck of Cathedral`s colonnade which provides a fantastic view of the Neva river and historic center of Saint-Petersburg.

Open hours and price

The Museum St Isaac Cathedral

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday

From 10.30 to 18

Ticket office

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday

From 10.30 to 17.30

Day off – Wednesday

The evening programs from May, 1st to September, 30th

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday

From 18 to 22.30

Ticket office – from 10.30 to 22.00

Day off – Wednesday

The St Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway

From May, 1st to October, 31st

Daily from 10.30 to 18.00

The evening time – from 18.00 to 22.30

The northern summer nights (from June, 1st to August, 20th) – from 22.30 to 4.30

From November, 1st to April, 30th

Daily from 10.30 to 18.00

Day off – third Wednesday of each month

Ticket price

The Museum St Isaac Cathedral 250 rubles

The Museum St Isaac Cathedral and Colonnaded Walkway – 400 rubles

The Museum St Isaac Cathedral in the evening time – 400 rubles

The St Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway in the evening time – 300 rubles

The St Isaac’s Cathedral Colonnaded Walkway in the night time – 400 rubles

 

The audio guides on the foreign languages are available.

The excursions in the foreign languages are available.

How to get to the State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral

4, Isaakievskaya square, Saint Petersburg

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, Исаакиевская площадь, 4

Metro station:

  • “Admiralteyskaya” (“Адмиралтейская”), line 5 (violet) – 540 m walking.

Links

The State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral website in the Russian, and English languages

We recommend visiting nearby

The State Hermitage Museum – 1,1 km walking

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