The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
4.5
Speciality Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This gold-domed, ornate, 19th-century cathedral is the third largest domed cathedral in the world, and offers visitors a 300-step climb to a spectacular view of the city.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from A$6.53
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Plan your visit
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Admiralteisky
How to get there
  • Admiralteyskaya • 7 min walk
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland976 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Sep. 2021
The cathedral is very beautiful, it is huge and they have some nice frescos and paintings. I would not call it a Museum but it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 28 September 2021
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SaidahJules
Dubai, United Arab Emirates222 contributions
Amazing
May 2021 • Friends
Truly loved the place. Especially will be interesting for those who is interested in antic and real (alternative) history. Cathedral was built by antic civilization before flood. You should read about it. Peter the first didn’t built the city, he restored it!! Also cathedral works as church, so u can lighten candle. AmaZing energy.

Супер место! Особенно для тех кто знает и интересуется альтернативной историей. Почитайте!!! Энергетика! Также можно поставить свечи!
Written 14 June 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,701 contributions
WOW in many aspects
Apr. 2021
St. Isaac's is still the world's largest Orthodox Shrine (the bigger future one in Bucharest is not yet finished) and the fourth largest Cathedral in the world.
It was built in 1858 by aristocracy funding in honor of Isaac the Dalmatian who was a patron saint of city founder Peter the Great. They didn't spare which is visible from outside and specially inside.
The exterior is adorned with a huge golden dome (which later inspired the US Capitol) and a total of 112 single hewn pink granite columns (you can see a movie and a model of building inside).
The interior is simply amazing, so lavish and rich it's hard to say what's more beautiful.
As all others in Russia it was banned for religion during the Communist regime and converted into a museum. Interesting fact is that St. Pet citizens refused being a Church again on a referendum, so it's still a museum (an outstanding one) with only occasional Church services.
As in any museum there's an entry fee, with a separate fee if you want to climb the dome, which I strongly suggest for great views.
Written 21 May 2021
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Wolfgang
Moscow, Russia6 contributions
Great interior
Apr. 2021
Simply amazing... the labor behind it... the paintings inside had to be transformed to mosaic stones (which took decades) due to the high humidity... def. a must see in St. Petersburg
Written 17 May 2021
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Marjorie
2 contributions
More interactive session needed
Feb. 2021
The displays could be more interactive. Is it worth paying to climb up, it is your choice. We think not.
Written 23 February 2021
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Mehdi
Cinq Mars la Pile, France6 contributions
WAOUHH !!!
Apr. 2020
I hope what you will go for see the russian beautiful momument because it place in the center of Center full
Written 4 February 2021
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,502 contributions
Amazing. Must see.
Nov. 2019
A too brief a visit with Alla Tours who I highly recommend. Built in 40 years in the 19th century. St Isaac was the patron Saint of Peter the Great. Phenomenal pink and grey granite columns surround the cathedral hewn from single blocks. each weighing about 100 tons. Beautiful. External bronze doors are based on and reminded me of the Baptistry in Florence. The main central dome influenced the design of the US Capitol dome.

Plenty of amazing mosaics inside including the resurrection of Jesus which you can make out in my photo. Beautiful columns of malachite and Lapis Lazuli lead towards the high altar. Gilt adorns much of the iconostasis.

Highly recommended
Written 23 October 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
A remarkable building. Well worth a visit.
Sep. 2019
An amazing church! Impressive building, very very photogenic. Both inside and outside. It has an interesting history (Wikipedia has a long and detailed write-up, they give much more information than any guide book!), and it is worth reading up. Built in the 1800's, it was a museum during communist rule. An attempt to return the building to the Russian Orthodox Church turned out to be unpopular (I was really surprised when our guide told us this!), so now it is still basically a museum, with services only on special feast days. Plenty of very interesting detail inside. Photos freely allowed. Well worth a visit. One bit of advice: try and go on a nice sunny day. It is difficult to appreciate the building and get good photos from outside if it is raining!
Written 24 August 2020
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lalitcoo
409 contributions
"Best place "
Aug. 2020 • Couples
I think it's also one of the best place in Saint Petersburg to visit.

Suggestion: People should go and see this place but the charges are around 800 Rubles .

Tadka Indian Restaurant is very near to this place .

The surrounding area of this place is also very beautiful.
Written 9 August 2020
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia989 contributions
Definitely worth a visit to this Cathedral Museum
Aug. 2019
We paid a quick visit to this Cathedral Museum as part of our 2 day tour of St Petersburg. The mosaics are reproductions of paintings which were deteriorating in the cold & damp conditions inside the cathedral. Really worth a look!
Written 25 July 2020
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