The weighty mass of St. Isaac's Cathedral
dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Its gilded dome, covered with 100
kg of pure gold, soars over 100 meters into the air, making it visible far
out onto the Gulf of Finland. The Cathedral was commissioned by Alexander
I in 1818 and took more than three decades to complete.
Its architect, August Monferrand, pulled out all the stops in his design, incorporating
dozens of kinds of stone and marble into the enormous structure and lading
its vast interior with frescoes, mosaics, bas-reliefs, and the only
stained glass window in the Orthodoxy. By the time the cathedral was
completed in 1858, its cost had spiraled to more than twenty million
rubles - as well as the lives of hundreds of laborers. Both the exterior
and the interior of the cathedral deserve prolonged observation, and the
view from the dome is stupendous.
1 Isaakievskaya sq.,
Open: 11.00 - 18.00
Closed on WED.