St Isaac’s cathedral

st isaac's cathedral in saint-petersburg

st isaac's cathedral in saint-petersburgSt Isaac’s cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals in St Petersburg. It’s the fourth largest dome cathedral in the world and the biggest in our city, and it can easily hold 10000 people. The building was designed by Auguste Montferrand and  was constructed between 1818-1858.  The interiors of St Isaac’s cathedral are luxuriously decorated with mosaics, paintings, sculptures  and  columns faced with semiprecious stones. During WWII  paintings, furniture and other valuables from many museums of St Petersburg and its suburbs were kept in the basement of the building as its walls are up to 5 meters wide. Today St Isaac’s cathedral is a museum and only a small part of it is used for religious services.

Colonnade of St Isaac’s cathedral

It’s also possible to climb up  about 300 steps to the colonnade of the cathedral, but there is no elevator so it’s not an easy walk. You need to buy separate tickets for the  interiors of St Isaac’s cathedral and the colonnade.

Working time of St Isaac’s cathedral

St Isaac’s cathedral  is open daily, except Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00
May 1 – September 30 evening admission: 18.00 – 22.30
Booking-office closes at 22.00

Prices: Adults – 250, ISIC holders – 150, children 7 to 18 years old – 50 rubles
Evening admission – 350 rubles
Colonnade walkway – 150 rub, evening admission – 300 rub

You can see St Isaac’s cathedral during the private walking tour of St Petersburg or your personal sightseeing tour