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Three Best Cathedrals of Eastern Europe and View from Cathedral Dome (4 hours)

Discover the secrets of St. Petersburg with this 4 hours walking tour. Your private guide will direct the tour of three of the city’s most beautiful cathedrals. Start with a visit to 19th-century St Isaac's, easily recognizable by its massive main dome. Marvel at the interior's mosaic icons and walk outside its colonnade for panoramic city views before continuing to The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, a Russian Orthodox church that resembles Rome's St Peter's Basilica. Your last stop is the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood―home to a lavish shrine commemorating the spot of Alexander II's assassination.
  • Tour of three of St Petersburg's most prominent cathedrals
  • Explore the interiors of St Isaac's, Our Lady of Kazan and the Church on Spilled Blood
  • Gain insight into the long connection between religion and culture in St Petersburg 
  • Climb outside St. Isaac's colonnade for spectacular city views and visit the spot where Alexander II met his end

A symbol of nationalism, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Alexander II was killed. Outstanding mosaics and brilliantly ornate domes decorate the facade of this majestic church. Inside, the exceptionally beautiful marble flooring, elaborate mosaics and gilded columns are the finishing touches on a day of architectural brilliance. It is the second largest mosaic museum in the world with its 7000 m2 of mosaic covering the facade and interior walls. 

The tour continues onwards to the equally magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Constructed between 1801 and 1811, this cathedral is simply enormous. The exterior stone colonnade was inspired by that of the iconic Roman Basilica; it surrounds a landscaped garden and central fountain. The cathedral’s interior is adorned with columns, sculptures and religious icons. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia. When The Patriotic War was over, the cathedral was perceived primarily as a memorial to the Russian victory against Napoleon. In 1815, keys to seventeen cities and eight fortresses were brought by the victorious Russian army from Europe and placed in the cathedral's sacristy.

The final cathedral of the tour is by no means the least. St. Isaac’s Cathedral was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1918. It was built in celebration of Alexander’s victory over Napoléon. The grand facades of St. Isaac’s are richly decorated with beautiful sculptures. Inside, the cathedral features painstakingly detailed mosaics and vibrant columns of striking green malachite and blue lapis lazuli. St. Isaac’s is the third-largest domed cathedral in the world.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Entrance fees to the Church on Spilled Blood
  • Entrance fee to Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral
  • Entrance fee to St Isaac's Cathedral 
  • Entrance fee to Colonnade of St.Isaak's Cathedral
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Food/drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Departure and Return

Departure Point: at the main entrance of Mikhailovsky Theatre. AddressIskusstv square, 1. Metro station Nevsky Prospekt/Gostinyy Dvor.

Return details: tour concludes in the city center

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : St. Isaac Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a colossal domed cathedral built in the nineteenth century. Its monumental and majestic image creates a unique accent in the city’s skyline and serves as much a landmark of the northern capital, as the spire of the Cathedral in the Peter and Paul Fortress and a gold ship atop of the Admiralty. It is originally the city's main church, one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. St. Isaac&rsq... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Savior on Blood
The Cathedral of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood is a unique masterpiece combining the old Russian style of architecture, talent of the best Russian artists and Italian stone carvers, and the art of Roman mosaic. Mosaics cover almost all the surface of the walls and ceilings there are 7 500 square meters of mosaics all in all. It is a unique example of a Russian style cathedral in the centre of St. Petersburg. Its coloured onion domes are so famous... Read more
Saint Petersburg : Kazansky Cathedral
Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s... Read more

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