Saint Isaac Cathedral
Place: Senate Square, St Isaac’s Square On the map
Construction time: 1818-1858
Architect: Auguste de Montferrand
Name: The church is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, little-known byzantine saint. Peter the Great was born in the day of this saint (30 may, 1672), that is why St. Isaac has always been considered like one of the patrons of Saint-Petersburg.
- The height of the cathedral is more than 100 m, which makes it the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world.
- The weight of each of the columns supporting the portico entrance is 114 tons. They were carved from a single piece of granite and installed before construction of bearing walls – otherwise they wouldn’t have been raised because of their great weight.
- The dome was gilded with using of mercury, which resulted in death of fifty workers. However, the quality of the gilding was so high that over the past 150 years there was no need for any restoration of the dome. And after all during the siege of Leningrad, the dome was covered with protective green paint!
Mystery: When the future architect of the cathedral Au. Montferrand was a young man, a gypsy woman allegedly predicted him that he will die as soon as the main business of his life will be over. That is why Au. Montferrand prolonged the construction, which took as many as four decades. Indeed, the architect died a month after the consecration of the temple.
About Museum: Cathedral functions as a museum. Working hours: 10:30am-06:00 pm (summertime: 11:00am-10:30pm). Day off: Wed. Price of tickets: adults – 250 rubles, students with ISIC – 150 rubles. Tour included in the ticket price. On the colonnade of the cathedral, located at a height of 43 meters, the individual tickets required, the price – 150 rubles. Attention, from 18:00 prices double, discounts do not work!