St Isaac’s Cathedral and St Isaac’s Square


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The Cathedral of st. Isaac of Dalmatia is one of the biggest domed buildings in the world, and the biggest church in Petersburg. Constructed for forty years, was finally finish in 1858, under the directions of French artist Montferrand.

The shape of Cathedral is based on typical Byzantine formula – Greek-cross plan with five domes – the biggest central one and four smaller. Hundred kilograms of gold was used to decorate the cupolas, and planned costs was much over-payed.
The Cathedral dominates over the square of st. Isaac, which is surrounded by some other important monuments. The Lebanov-Rostovsky Palace, now housing a hotel, is also a project of Montferrand. Opposite to the cathedral stands Mariinsky Palace, on the centre – the figure of Tsar Nicholas I, the founder of the church.

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