St. Isaacs Cathedral is the most fabulous and grandiose architectural building of the city, it weighs 300 thousand tons. The total height of the construction is 102 metres, length - 111 m, width – 98 m. It was designed by architect A.Montferrand, remained under construction for 40 years and was completed in 1859. St. Isaac’s Cathedral has been a memorial museum since 1957. The cathedral has the capacity of about 10.000 people. 400 kg of gold and 16 tons of malachite were used for its decoration. Services are held in the Cathedral during Christmas holidays.
About 400 sculptures depicting the biblical episodes, made by I.Vitali, N.Pimenov,.P.Klodt and others.
It houses a magnificent collection of valuable paintings, including works by Karl Briullov, Fyodor Bruni and other well-known masters, as well as fine smelt mosaic pictures on the total area of 600 square metres.
The walls of the interior are covered with precious sorts of Russian and Italian marble, malachite, lapis lazuli, porphyry. Sometimes the Cathedral is called “Museum of stones”.
Upper colonnade, where from the height of 43 metres one can observe the splendid panoramic view of the city.
Thursday to Tuesday, 11:00 – 19:00. Closed: Wednesdays.