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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Saint Petersburg)

St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Saint Petersburg)

 

 

 

 

St. Isaac’s Ploshchad 4
Tel. 315- 9732
Open: 10am- 11pm Thu- Tue (Oct- Apr 11am- 7pm)

Closed: Wed
Bus: 3, 22, 27           Trolleybus: 5, 22
Metro:
Nevsky Prospekt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Saint Isaac's Cathedral

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Saint Petersburg)Saint Isaac's Cathedral is one of the largest and most unique religious monuments in Russian architecture as well as all of Europe. The cathedral was constructed in Saint Petersburg in the years 1818- 1858 under supervision of architect Auguste Montferrand to honor memory of Saint Isaac of Dalmatia. It is a fourth church on this place dedicated to the same saint. The first one was a wooden one constructed in 1707 shortly after new capital was found. Peter I the Great was born on a feast day of Saint Isaac so he considered him his patron saint. The dome of Saint Isaac's Cathedral reaches a height of more than 100 meters above ground making it one of the largest in Europe. The structure is supported 120 monolithic columns of various sizes. The largest such columns (45 in total) support four porticoes on four sides of the church. They weight incredible 114 tons. The inside interior of the Saint Isaac's Cathedral is covered by precious material including marble, malachite and etc. Over 150 paintings that adore its walls were painted by famous Russian artists including Fyodor Bruni, Karl Briullov, Vasily Shebuev and many others. Over 300 statues were made by Ivan Vitali. It is highly usual for the Russian Orthodox Church to carry any statues of saints so the cathedral is quiet unique in that sense. Additionally builders of the church assumed that moist cold climate of Saint Petersburg will damage some of the paintings so they replaced them with 60 mosaic works of Russian artists. The largest such mosaic covers 28 square meters.

 

After Russian Revolution Saint Isaac's Cathedral was turned into a museum of atheism. The first mass was served in 1988 to commemorate 1000 years of official Christianisation of Russia. This was the first time the church was used for its original purpose after over 70 years of being used as a secular building. Today it is still a museum, but Orthodox service is held during certain days of the week.

 

 

 


 

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