St. Isaac’s Cathedral was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858 by the French architect Auguste Montferrand to become one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Impere capital. The cathedral’s facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. A large, brightly colored stained glass window of the “Resurrected Christ” stands inside the main altar. The church designed to accommodate 14,000 standing worshipers was closed in the early 1930s and reopened as a museum. Today the church services are held here only on major ecclesiastical occasions.
NB! Visiting the colonnade isn’t included. For changing your coupon to the ticket visit ticket offices N6,7.
Location: Isaac’s Square, 4
Subway station: Admiralteyskaya, buses: 3, 22, 27 Trolley-busses: 5, 22
Working hours: daily, 10.30–17.30
Ticket offices: #6, 7 (southeren side of the cathedral)
Coordinates: N59.933799 E30.305814