Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saint Issac's Cathedral

I managed to visit the Saint Isaac's Cathedral during my Russia trip, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city, and dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. The cathedral is within walking distance of the Admiralteyskaya metro, and also the end of Nevsky prospect. 

Upon approaching the cathedral, you should see the monument to Nicholas I and Saint Issac's Cathedral like the picture below.

Nicholas I and Saint Issac's Cathedral
Below is a picture of a close-up to the monument to Nicholas I. Apparently this statue was revealed back in 1859, and the statue was a technical wonder of its time as it spans six meters and was the first equestrian statue in the world with merely two support points (the rear hoofs of the horse).

Monument to Nicholas I
Below are a couple of pictures of Saint Issac's Cathedral and a close-up of the colonnade.

Saint Issac's Cathedral

Saint Issac's Cathedral colonnade and bell towers

The entrance fee is 250 roubles but I strongly recommend you to pay an extra 150 roubles to go up to the colonnade. The view there is amazing and you can see almost the whole city of Saint Petersburg from up there. However, do note that you need to walk up 262 steps of the spiral staircase to reach the colonnade walkway. Not for the faint-hearted. :)

Below are some pictures of the interior of the cathedral for you to get a general feel of the place. You'll have to see it to feel it though.

Walking 262 steps up to the colonnade was really worth it. The view up there is amazing and you can see almost all the famous attractions in Saint Petersburg from up there. I will just post some of the photos below to whet your appetite. :)

You can find out more about the cathedral here.

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