St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour

St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour
Walking & Biking Tours > Walking Tours > City Walk
$62.35
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

The tour begins at your hotel, from where you will go together with your guide to the first point- largest cathedral in Russia, St. Isaac's Cathedral. Walk around, go inside, and climb to its colonnade to watch the historical part of the city from above.
Next - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. It looks very familiar; in fact It was modelled by architect Andrey Voronikhin after the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Michail Kutuzov, the commander-in-chief of Russian troops in war against Napoleon, is buried here. Final stop is the Church of Saviour on the Spilled Blood. It looks like a fairy-tale both outside and inside, although its history follows its name. Nothing could be compared with the fabulous mosaics of this cathedral, which covers 7500 sq.m inside.

St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive facades and interiors.
The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli.
Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood
Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is known to Petersburgers as the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood - or even just the Church on the Blood - as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.One of the most impressive elements of the church is the extravagant shrine constructed on the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded, which has maintained a special place within the church's interior.The church has an outstanding and varied collection of mosaic icons. Several icons were completed in the traditions of academic painting, modernist style and Byzantine icon painting.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of KazanThis is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia.It was modelled by Andrey Voronikhin[2] after the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Although the Russian Orthodox Church strongly disapproved of the plans to create a replica of a Catholic basilica in Russia's then capital, several courtiers supported Voronikhin's Empire Style design.
After Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, and the commander-in-chief Mikhail Kutuzov asked Our Lady of Kazan for help, the church's purpose was to be altered. The Patriotic War over, the cathedral was perceived primarily as a memorial to the Russian victory against Napoleon.

The tour begins at your hotel, from where you will go together with your guide to the first point- largest cathedral in Russia, St. Isaac's Cathedral. Walk around, go inside, and climb to its colonnade to watch the historical part of the city from above.
Next - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. It looks very familiar; in fact It was modelled by architect Andrey Voronikhin after the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Michail Kutuzov, the commander-in-chief of Russian troops in war against Napoleon, is buried here. Final stop is the Church of Saviour on the Spilled Blood. It looks like a fairy-tale both outside and inside, although its history follows its name. Nothing could be compared with the fabulous mosaics of this cathedral, which covers 7500 sq.m inside.