The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Isaakiyevskaya Sq., 4, St. Petersburg


St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial is the largest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia. This is the fourth largest Orthodox Cathedral in the world. The cathedral is devoted to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia. Tsar Alexander I ordered the construction. The private commission took under consideration several designs. It took them 40 years to construct.

Today the neoclassical facade having wonder is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Russia. You will be committing a crime not visiting the place. The interior, on the other hand, is a breathtaking sight. The paintings are exchanged with mosaics because of the weather conditions. The dump cold winters tended to ruin the paintings. Now there is a mixture of both inside.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Thu

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Fri

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Sat

    10:30 - 18:00

  • Sun

    10:30 - 18:00

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  • thomas rodrian

    - 01 September 2018 -

    Anyone planning to visit Saint Petersburg should compile a list of places to visit prior to travel. This list should include Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Originally, this was the city’s main church and also the largest cathedral in Russia. IMO, it is one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. Wheelchair users: You should also always call ahead to find out if there is wheelchair access to bars, clubs, museums, and restaurants. In most cases the answer, sadly, will be in the negative. Alternatively, assume it is inaccessible and hire a few people to lift you and your chair up the stairs, and then be sure to pay very generously for the assistance.

  • ana purna

    - 08 August 2018 -

    a very impressive church with all the details of the decor. a walk up to the dome gives breathtaking view of the city. but it’s unbelievable that a place that big, receiving so many tourists everyday cant be bothered to prepare toilets for the visitors.

  • Ias Naibaho

    - 19 July 2018 -

    A very beautiful cathedral. I would recommend to go to its colonnade and enjoy the sunset from up above. The stairs are quite challenging, though. So prepare to be sweaty! It’s not suitable for anyone who has a heart/cardiovascular problem

  • Ernst Toerien

    - 10 July 2018 -

    A very imposing building which took 40 years to build. If you just walk around it, you catch a glimpse of the richness of the Russian Empire. The shrapnel marks left on the pillars shows something about the pain and death this city went through during the Second World War (Great Patriotic War). Climbing the stairs, if you are not afraid of heights, opens a nice vista on the city. Because the way the city was build, you can see very far, because you are higher than most buildings in the city. The inside is worth a visit as well. Don't miss out. Go and see it.

  • Ami Buczek

    - 23 June 2018 -

    First a word of caution: when I tried to purchase my tickets a younger man was working and I initially told him two tickets, he said 800 rubles. I gave him a 1000 rubles he then asked for 300 rubles I asked him total 800 rubles right? He said yes and then seemed to do something for a few minutes I thought he was trying to get the tickets printed. A few minutes later he asked again for 300 rubles. I said two tickets for 800 rubles, I gave you a 1000 rubles so I need 200 rubles back and the tickets. He said 300 rubles again so I asked for my 1000 back. At that point he immediately gave me the tickets and my 200 rubles, nothing had to be printed. I still wanted to see the colonnade so I accepted that I finally got the ticket for the set price, but the interaction was frustrating and I think he was trying to scam me. The colonnade: the view was amazing. You had to climb up around 200 steps to get to the top, both going up and down the steps were numbered at every tenth step so you could keep track of your progress. The up and down were two different staircases so you didn't run into each other. We went for the white nights and the view was amazing. I just wish it was open even later but seeing the view with the sun so low was gorgeous. All around the price and frustration of dealing with the cashier was well worth the view of Saint Petersburg.

  • Gaijin

    - 22 June 2018 -

    Dedicated to the patron saint of Peter the Great, St Isaac's is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. The cathedral took 40 years to construct: from 1818 to 1858.The cathedral's foundation required driving 25 000 piles into the ground. The construction cost totalled 1 000 000 gold rubles. Under Socialist rule, the building was stripped of religious trappings and became a museum.

  • Masoud Adeli

    - 19 June 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful and glorious places in Saint Petersburg. Specially when you go inside the cathedral. There are plenty of amazing, terrific and gorgeous paintings and artwork in the building. The good news is that there is a minimal restorative work done for most of them. It was easy to go inside the museum even without E- tickets. If you buy tickets to colonnade, there are more than 200 steps to climb up !

  • A Google User

    - 11 June 2018 -

    Stunning. I suppose I need to say more but what else is there to say? Magnificent? A work of art? It took the architect his whole working life to see its completion but what a legacy to leave. The wartime pictures are pretty sobering to see veg being grown outside during the Blockade.

  • Anton CJ

    - 29 May 2018 -

    Monumental building with interesting history and decorations in the cathedral. The climb up to the viewing platform (about 300 steps) is not daunting if you pace yourself. Too bad that the viewing binoculars are now closed (May 2018). We spent over two hours within the cathedral with the English audio guide. Much more interesting than St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

  • Mehrshad Dehestani

    - 02 February 2018 -

    Beautiful Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier structure by Vincenzo Brenna, and was the fourth consecutive church standing at this place.

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