The Unique Architect and beauties of St. Isaac's Cathedral in Russia
St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and largest orthodox churches of St. Petersburg. The cathedral was constructed in 1818-1858 by the famous architect August Montferrand. St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg is an outstanding model of Russian architect. It is one of the most beautiful and fourth largest cathedral in the world!
The Gaint Structure of St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral has the height of 101, 8 meters with its gross weight reaches to three thousands of tons. It strikes with the monumentalism and majestic beauty having an area of 4000 sq.m. The cathedral can contain up to 12000 people.
Th diameter of its external dome is 25 meters and internal dome is 22,15 meters. 72 columns weighing from 64 to 114 tons are established around this huge dome. For the first time in constructional practices, a column of such a size were lifted for St. Isaac's Cathedral to the height more than 40 meters.
Precious Gemstones Used in St. Isaac's Cathedral
For finishing the interior of this cathedral, many types of valuable stones are used. Malachite, Lazurite, Porphyry, different flowers of marbles — light pink, dark red, yellow, green, gray are abundantly used.400 kg of gold and 1000 tons of bronze were used for the decorations. The walls of St. Isaac's Cathedral are decorated with 62 mosaic pictures on them.
Tourism in St. Isaac's Cathedral
The beauty of this architect is simply inexpressible in words. Its magnificence needs to be seen with own eyes. St. Isaac's Cathedral Square is always full of natives and tourists. Tourists enjoy to visit the colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral. 43 meters high colonade, makes possible to see a city panorama.
The evening view from colonnade is unimaginable. The colorful illumination of city and the opening of bridges on Neva rivet is most charming sight from the top. The famous dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral is even visible from the Gulf of Finland. It is is one of symbols of the Northern capital.