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St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

St Isaac's Cathedral is among the most impressive cathedrals in Russia dominating in St. Petersburg's skyline for over 150 years. It is a functioning Orthodox Christian church which also houses a museum dedicated to its history in upper levels.

The first small wooden church was built in 1706 on the order of Peter the Great in honor of his patron saint Isaac of Dalmatia on the spot where now stands the statue of Tsar Nicholas I. Peter and Catherine's wedding was held in the little church, but then decided to replace it with a new “Petrine Baroque” stone building that look much like the church in the Peter and Paul Fortress.

The construction of the St. Isaac's Cathedral was finished in 1727 after Peter the Great's death, yet it was significantly damaged as it was built on marshland.

The cathedral was reconstructed a few times, first by Catherine II the Great together with architect Antonio Rinaldi who rebuilt the stone beauty. Then by her son Paul in 1802, and finally the building of St. Isaac's Cathedral standing today was designed by Spanish engineer Augustin de Betancourt on the order of Tsar Alexander I.

They added the grand dome plated with gold to the Neoclassical cathedral, 10000 logs were placed in the cathedral's foundation to improve the marshy ground, 882 pounds of gold, 16 tons of malachite, and a 1000 tons of bronze were used for its interior, with the best masters working on the 7108 square yards of the mosaics in St. Isaac's.

The mighty St. Isaac's Cathedral can hold up to 14000 people, amazing with its sizes and beauty.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Going to Russia is always an unforgettable experience to remember for years and years! Enjoy top sights of Moscow & St. Petersburg: from the beauty of the Red Square and the Kremlin to Peterhof Parks and Catherine's Palace, with our tailor-made private tour.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: accommodation in select 5-star properties, sightseeing tours with professional local guides, private drivers, included visa processing, and all the must-sees in one trip.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 28, 2018

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Embark on a journey-of-a-lifetime with our very popular small group tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Prepare to witness and fall in love with the great culture, art and history of the country, visible on every corner of the magnificent cities.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 26, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour and see the best of extraordinary Russia. Stay in the centrally located hotels, enjoy guided sightseeing tours, see the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Prepare to savor your time during 5-star stays next to Kremlin and Nevsky. We have planned a perfect combination of expert touring and activities, so you can experience the best of Russia with local pro guides.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Embark on an incredible journey to Russia's northen capital - Saint Petersburg and see the best of the city with your fully customizable seven day tour. Explore the most beautiful Russian city and visit famous sights like the Hermitage Museum.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Meet Saint Petersburg, Russia's most beautiful city. Our private St. Petersburg tour shows you the very best of what the city has to offer with professional guides. Complimentary Russian visas and accommodation in best central 4-star hotels included.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

7 days

1 city

1 country

Saint Petersburg

Travel to St. Petersburg with our hallmark private tour with free Russian visas. Stay at best 5-star hotels, travel on high-speed trains, and enjoy the services of private drivers and professional local guides. From Russia with love!

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

3 cities

1 country

Moscow | Irkutsk | Saint Petersburg

Discover the most sought-after gems of Russia and enjoy the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the outstanding Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Suzdal | Yaroslavl | Kazan | Saint Petersburg

Catch authentic Russian spirit, setting off on a UNESCO tour and enjoying extensive sightseeing around the two gorgeous Russian capitals as well as exploring some hidden gems of such historic locations as Kazan, Veliky Novgorod and Vladimir.

4+ star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
May 09, 2019

12 days

6 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Goritsy | Kizhi Island | Mandrogi | Saint Petersburg

FREE FLIGHTS: Take advantage of our exclusive Suites offer on board the 4+ star MS Rostropovich with free flights and suites. From stunning palaces and monasteries to wooden architecture miracle of Kizhi Island, the Kremlin and the Hermitage Museum, you will see it all!

5-star cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 26, 2018

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Uglich | Yaroslavl | Kizhi Island | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an amazing journey on Volga River aboard the 5-star MS Volga Dream ship. Discover the authentic Russian culture by visiting quaint villages while traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg and enjoying the impeccable service.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

10 days

4 cities

4 countries

Vilnius | Riga | Tallinn | Saint Petersburg

Set forth on a journey of discovery around the splendid Baltic capitals: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn and then make your way to the sparkling Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Learn a lot about the history and culture of the countries from excellent guide tours in nine locations. 

Private rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
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23 days

7 cities

3 countries

Saint Petersburg | Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator | Beijing

Start your exploration from royal St. Petersburg, continue to mighty Moscow, cross over Ural Mountains, visit Irkutsk, absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal. Next - Mongolia's Ulan Bator before crossing the Gobi Desert and arriving in the capital of oriental magic, Beijing.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

16 days

8 cities

5 countries

Copenhagen | Oslo | Flam | Bergen | Stockholm | Helsinki | Saint Petersburg | Moscow

There is hardly any other journey in the world that can match to a level of cultural diversity and impressions! Explore Natural wonders of Norway and Scandinavia and finish your journey in the heart of Russia.
E.g., Sep 25 2018