Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the World’s third largest domed cathedral is situated in the heart of Saint Petersburg, dominating the famous statue of Peter the Great that overlooks the Neva river. Ordered by Tsar Alexander I it was constructed from 1818 to 1858 by the French architect Auguste de Montferrand who also executed a number of other projects in Saint Petersburg. Its austere neoclassical exterior of gray and pink stone (mostly marble and granite) strongly contrasts with the riches of its interior. Detailed mosaic icons, frescoes, gilded stucco, numerous golden statues and a beautifully decorated dome at the top of which lies a sculpted dove - the Holy Spirit - are sure to move everyone who enters this 4000 sq.m monument. Be sure to climb the 262 steps to the colonnade walkway for a panoramic view of Saint Petersburg!

If you like the pictures in this gallery, you might also like the pictures of Smolny Convent, the pictures of Peterhof, all on snapi.org :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 40D associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.

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