Imposing, magnificent, monumental. This is how the current St. Isaac Church, the fourth, built by the French architect Montferrand at the behest of Tsar Alexander and, further magnified under Tsar Nicholas I, I between 1818 and 1858.
However, the history of the cathedral dates back to 1710 when Peter the Great, born on the day dedicated to St. Isaac's (May 30), built a wooden church in honor of the Byzantine monaco.
The cathedral is a gigantic work, which measures 111.2 meters long and 97.6 wide. 112 monolithic columns of red granite weighing approximately 100 tonnes each hold up the four porches, 350 statues populate the roof, 100 kg of gold foil covers the glittering dome 21.8 m height the pride of the city.
The sumptuous interior with gold, marble (there are 14 types), bronzes, malachite and lapis lazuli, occupies an area of 4,000 square meters and can accommodate 14,000 people. The fresco under the central vault representing the Virgin with Angels and Saints, work of painters Brjullov and Bruni, has a size of 816 square meters.
Extraordinary is the iconostasis covered with mosaics. The Church, still classified as a museum, is one of the city's most visited attractions. Climbing the 262 steps of the colonnade, you can admire a splendid view of St. Petersburg from 43 m height.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (10.30 AM - 06.00 PM/ 10.00 PM (May-Sep))
Admission: 250 RUB (adults), 50 RUB (children under 18) to the Cathedral; 10 RUB (adults) to the walkway; online ticket
How to reach: Metro Admiralteyskaya (M5)
Address: St Isaac's Square, 4, Sankt-Peterburg
Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.