We spent part of a day at the massive St. Isaac's Cathedral, just down the road from the Hermitage.
It took about 40 years to build the cathedral - 6 years alone on the foundation! - and it is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. During Soviet times it was a museum, but I don't remember if I went inside, back in the day. I do remember I went several times to climb to the top and photograph the city. It still looks the same from up there.
|In Palace Square; St. Isaac's in the background.|
|A canal en route to St. Isaac's.|
|Typical downtown architecture.|
|Inside the cathedral.|
|The view from the portico. That green building back there is the Hermitage. We spent about 3 hours there that morning and only saw the slightest bit of the place.|
|Looking down from above.|
|Another canal on the way home. That's the church of Spilled Blood way back there.|