St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg, built by O. Montferrand in the style of classicism. It has the status of a museum, but there are some church services that are held in the cathedral.

St.Isaac's Cathedral in winter

The facade of St.Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is majestic architectural masterpiece, being the second largest orthodox cathedral in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It can accommodate up to 12 thousand people, and its area is 4 thousand square meters. The cathedral’s four porticoes are decorated with 112 solid granite columns. During the construction works many innovative engineering solutions were employed. For example, it was for the first time that the whole column became taller than 40 meters, while the weight of it was only 114 tons.

The view from the colonnade of St.Isaac's Cathedral in St.Peterburg

The view from the colonnade of St.Isaac’s Cathedral in St.Peterburg

The porticoes are crowned with bas-reliefs. Special attention should be paid to the western portico, looking to the Senate and the Synod. A group of saints greets Isaac Dalmatsky bowing and only one figure stands directly, staring into the distance. This immortalized figure of Montferrand with a miniature of the cathedral in his hands.

The interior is striking in its beauty and variety. Sculpture, painting, stone facing, mosaic. The central altar is decorated with columns of malachite and lapis lazuli, and the stained-glass window “Risen Christ”, 9.5 meters high, is not a feature of Orthodox churches.

St.Isaac's Cathedral in St.Peterburg inside

The interior of St.Isaac’s Cathedral in St.Peterburg

The cathedral’s colonnade is rightly identified as one of the most attractive sights of the northern capital, where from a height of 43 meters you can enjoy looking at the central part of St. Petersburg.

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