Saint Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Famous for its gold-plated dome, Saint Isaac's Cathedral features an observation deck offering arguably the finest views of the city. Built during the first four decades of the 19th century, the cathedral remains one of the largest Orthodox edifices in the world, its golden cupola dominating the city's skyline from a height of over 101 m (333 ft). Designated as a museum during the 1930s, the lavish interior features highly decorated granite and marble columns and pilasters. Pay special attention to the main iconostasis, framed by eight ornate columns of semiprecious malachite and lazurite stone. To reach the observation deck, climb the staircase winding its way around the drum of the dome. Arrange to visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral and other attractions in St. Petersburg using our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .
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  • Nice restored building. More of a museum than an actual church now. Cost about $6US to visit. The hike to the top and lot over the city was great. Additional $3.50. (don't miss that part... Unless you...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in Russia. Paintings on perfect mosaics, ceilings and domes with spectacular paintings.
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  • Exceptional cathedral. Love the fact that you can go up and walk around the roof. View from there is amazing and you understand that everything actually seem so close
  • Awesome place! Make sure to go on top (although there are ~300 stairs) and you will get amazing views of the entire city. If you come there in the evening, you will get even better views of sunset. You will also hear a small free tour of the city in Russian, where they will direct you around the too of the temple to look at different spots of the city. I would say this is of the top attractions in the city!
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