Wednesday, April 29, 2015

St. Isaac's Cathedral




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.
The grandparents.

And us.

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.


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