The St Isaac's Cathedral standing in the heart of St Petersburg today is the fourth Cathedral to be erected in the name of St Isaac in the city. The first St Isaac's Church was built in 1706 and was a very modest wooden structure. It quickly became the city's main church where Peter the Great got married in 1712.
The second church built out of stone replaced the wooden structure in 1727 after a 10-year construction. It was located on the spot of today's Bronze Horseman statue and the foundations were not strong enough to combat the close-by water.
The third cathedral's history was also short-lived as the initial grand plans were radically changed after the death of Catherine II and a beautiful marble-clad foundations were finished off in brick while all the minor cupolas were not erected. Completed in 1802, the majority of it was deconstructed in 1818 so that the new larger Cathedral could be built.
Today's structure is mesmerizing with a variety of rich marble lining both the exterior and interior walls. Much like the Kazan Cathedral, this marvel would feel at home in the centre of Rome and is as beautiful and lavish inside as it is on the outside.
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Evening openings of the Cathedral in the summer only
Evening openings of the Colonnade in the summer only
Night openings of the Colonnade in the White Nights only
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