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Smolny Cathedral

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This dazzling blue and white Baroque-style cathedral, never fully completed by Winter Palace architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, is now used for concerts and exhibits.
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Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a beautiful cathedral that I discovered while on the way back from lunch. One of the beautiful architecture in St Petersburg

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

On a three week trip to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, the Smolny Cathedral was the most beautiful church we saw. Lucky enough to be there on a partly sunny, partly cloudy (with white and grey clouds), the church was perfect for photographs with an amazing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

The exterior of the cathedral may the most beautiful of its city and it is very clear that it was recently repainted and touched up. The inside of the cathedral is open, however some parts fore closed off due to restoration. You can also climb...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Greg H
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Take the Shpalernaya UL Avenue and you ll see the huge structure ! All is blue and white, the favorites colors of the Great Catherine , these church surrounded by a Monastery was just restored few months ago, from outside It s stunning , inside...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 August 2018

Compared with many of the churches and cathedrals in SPB this one is fairly plain, the outside white and blue paint makes it sparkle in the sun, it is refreshing to see.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

It is a beautiful monument. Right in the heart of the city, close to the central square. It was originally a convent and later converted into a cathedral and is used by the locals for service.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Priya_T
Reviewed 31 December 2017

This was one of the best buildings that we saw in St Petersburg. Amazing. A long walk from the metro but worth it. Situated in Rastrelli Square. It is part of the convent complex. We went inside for free but there was not much to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank hulagirlSurrey
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Originally to be used as a convent, the complex was then used for noble ladies' education. The cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 2015, and it now holds services. Not overwhelming as some other cathedrals are, but in its simplicity is found...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is where Catherine the Great build a boarding school and cathedral for girls starting at the age of 10 to come and learn. They were taught about math and science.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank N B
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is simply stunning....just a few blocks away from more central tourist sites but it is absolutely worth making every effort to go...powder blue and white exterior and a warm bottle green and gold interior, this cathedral is magical, calm. and soothing. We were fortunate...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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