The Orthodox religion in Russia faced a difficult period during the Communist times, which strived to replace religion with atheism. Many churches and cathedrals were either demolished or used for other purposes. Thankfully, such architectural and spiritual gems, such as Isaac’s Cathedral or the Cathedral of Spilt the Blood, survived, and we fully acknowledge how fortunate we are to have such prized possessions in our city.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built in 1883-1907 on the spot where the Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. It holds the largest number of mosaics in Europe. It is a treasure box, gleaming with precious stones, gold and colorful mosaic mural panels which cover the walls and the dome of the Cathedral.
The monumental building of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral was built in 1818-1858 by French architect Montferrand. There are up to 600 pieces of art inside the building including paintings, sculptures and icons.
Enjoy the tour of the two major Orthodox Cathedrals in Saint Petersburg and discover the incredible facts about its innate and multi-layered history, its architecture and its Communist past.
Time: from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Duration: 4 hours
Reservation: required (no prepayment)
Price: from 43 dollars per person