ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the most magnificent church of Saint-Petersburg, one of the most exquisite creations by the architect O. Montferrand. The largest cathedral can hold 10000 people. The huge gilded dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral (26 metres in diameter) dominates the city centre, and it is visible from Peterhof. The largest church of Russia was built for more than 40 years, from 1818 to 1858. Its purpose was to represent Russia as a new great European empire. More than half a million of serfs participated in the arduous constructional works. Outside the cathedral is adorned with 112 granite columns, each column weighs 114 tons. From the colonnade of the dome one can admire the splendid panorama of the city.

Open: from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Closed: on Wednesday
Address: 1, Isaakievskaya Square
http://www.cathedral.ru