St. isaac’s cathedral

A splendour of 19th century architecture

Standing at 101 metres tall this neo-classical cathedral at the centre of St. Petersburg took 40 years to build after the Napoleanic Wars and can host 12,000 worshippers. Resting on over 10,000 tree trunks as its foundation, the construction was built by a culmination of 400,000 workers with hundreds of deaths in the process and was six times more costly than the main Winter Palace of the tsars.

The design is of a traditional Russian-Byzantine formula, with a Greek cross-plan ground plan.Precious stones from across Europe were used including 14 different types of marble, malachite, jasper, prophyry and lazurite as well as metals. A walkway encircles the central rotunda, allowing visitors to climb up and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The building scaffolds were in place for many years after its construction, and there were rumours the design was flawed and needed constant repair.

Eventually a legend broke out that the Romanov family’s reign would end once they were finally removed. By sheer irony and coincidence they were finally withdrawn in 1916, a year before the violent Bolshevik revolution that saw the Romanov family end.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is truly a sight to see and arguably one of the most lavish Orthodox churches in the world while retaining its museum status for curious travellers to visit. Travel to st Petersburg