Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

Those of you who have followed this blog for some time will know that I have absolutely no time for religion of any kind but nobody can deny the incredible architecture and artworks that have been created at the behest of the world’s religions. The Orthodox cathedrals of Russia are no exception and in fact they outdo the excesses of the more well-known Catholic places of worship in their ostentatious displays of wealth.

Saint Isaac’s was created on the orders of Tsar Aleksander I and took forty years to complete between 1818 and 1858 following the design of French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand.  It cost an astronomical one million gold rubles at a time when the majority of Russia’s population were little better than slaves and chattels of the Tsars.

Despite these misgivings about its construction and cost there was no way I could be anything other than incredibly impressed by the sheer overwhelming extravagance of its interior.  It almost defies belief but I hope these photos can do it some justice, otherwise you’ll just have to see it for yourselves…

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Saint Isaac’s from the square outside.

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27 thoughts on “Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

    1. Thank you Shezza! Like most of St Pete’s it’s not so old but has a lot history/great story to tell and the building itself (esp. the interior – like many places we discovered there) is nothing short of phenomenal.
      PS. I like your new hat!!!!

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      1. I cannot even imagine what it must be like to visit! As far as its history not being so old, that is compared to Scottish years, no doubt, where the history is intriguing and ancestral! *big grin* Why thank you! This ‘hat’ is my natural hat, when I don’t straighten its brim! 😉 Cher xo

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          1. I am positive you say that to ALL the girls, but I thank you, nonetheless! 😉 *LMAO* Pre-pubescent in Euro-terms! I am going to borrow that little ditty if you don’t mind! Must find a reason to use it in a convo now! Thanks, dear! xo

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                1. Otherwise you could be on some very dodgy sites! A bit like my ‘friend’ Florence who is now a lady of ill repute in a small Italian city! ( I just made that up but you know what I mean – don’t you – please?).

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                  1. Hee! Why yes, I most certainly know what you mean! Aye, you’re just showin’ yer Scottish wit! 🙂 🙂 Mind, there could be a Florence near city of same name, couldn’t there? 😉

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                2. Oh and on a side-comment, someone YET AGAIN asked me if I am Russian (speaking of that very subject). For the love of everything Scottish, aye, NYET! xoxo

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                    1. *LOL* I’m going to start wearing me tartan more often here! No one in Canada EVER asked me that (they knew better of course). But here……………. ;-P

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