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St. Isaac's Cathedral
Исаакиевский собор

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244 Reviews
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Ranked No. 8 in Saint Petersburg Can't Miss Attractions
Churches and Cathedrals
Closed Today Open on Mon-Fri, Sun,10:30am-6:00pm
Recommended sightseeing time: 1-2 hours
Address: Isaakievskaya square, 4
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Phone: +7 812 315-97-32

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Tour to Russia, this stop came to St. Petersburg. Isakiev Cathedral is located in the city, with the Vatican's St. Peter's Cathedral, London's St. Paul's Cathedral and Florence's Notre Dame Cathedral known as the four world dome church. The height of the church is about 102 meters, the diameter of the dome is 22.15 meters, and three huge doors made of oak, each of which has a 42 square metre area and weighs 20 tons. The whole building can accommodate 1.4 million people. There are 16 large granite pillars erected around the church. The carved gables are raised in double rows. Each stone pillar weighs 114 tons and is shipped from the Gulf of Finland 30 kilometers away. The grand cathedral is considered the essence of late Russian classical architecture.

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St. Isaac's Cathedral is Russia's largest Russian Orthodox cathedral. St. Isaac's Cathedral was built on a foundation of 10,000 tree trunks, driven in during the 19th century by a team of over 11,000 serfs. The impressive project took over 40 years. The church features a beautiful dome, rising over 100 meters high with over 100 kilos of pure gold. The gilding of the dome required an old form of spray painting, in which the mercury-laden solution unfortunately resulted in the deaths of many workers.
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