St. Isaacs Cathedral
"St Isaac's Cathedral on the River Neva"
Revel in the almighty Orthadox cathedral
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most stunning pieces of religious architecture in Russia.
Its dome is the fourth largest in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome, St Paul’s in London and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Situated next to the River Neva, the Cathedral is stunning in both its exterior, interior and surroundings. It sits at over 100m high, 110m long and nearly 100m wide and its dome is a massive 25m. The granite columns that circle the inside are 17m high and weigh 114 tons giving the Cathedral room for about 14,000 people. The huge size and beautiful decoration makes it an exquisite historical site in St. Petersburg.
It was designed by the architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand in the nineteenth century, inspired by Greek Orthodox in its cross-shaped plan.
The central block is crowned with a gilded dome surrounded by a lantern resting on a high drum creating an interior which will take your breath away.
The central dome and the small tops of the belfries come from the traditional five-domed design of Russian architecture. The Cathedral is full of grandeur and majesty with large arched windows and adorned walls. The exterior does not fail to disappoint with an imprint of Renaissance and Baroque models with an abundance of décor.
Location: Russia, St-Petersburg
Category: Culture and History
Duration: 3 hours