Delve into St Petersburg's vast history and culture with a tour through three of its most prominent cathedrals. You will start by visiting the 19th-century St Isaac's, easily recognizable by its massive main dome.
Next stops will be The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, a Russian Orthodox church that resembles Rome's St Peter's Basilica. And after that the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood―home to a lavish shrine commemorating the spot of Alexander II's assassination.
St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral and the fourth largest domed cathedral in Europe after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg.
The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. The golden dome of the cathedral can be seen far beyond the city, with a magnificent panorama of the city taking your breath, when seen from its colonnade.
The cathedral complements the Senate and St. Isaac’s Square to make it a single architectural ensemble created by the best architects of St. Petersburg for over 300 years. Be sure to save some strength to mount over 300 steps to reach the 270-foot/90m high observation platform of its Colonnade. Viewing St. Petersburg at dusk is one of the great pleasures a traveler can enjoy.