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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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St Isaac’s Cathedral

Peter the Great had originally commissioned a smaller church of the same name, much closer to the river, but this was destroyed in floods soon after its construction in 1710. The larger, present-day St Isaac’s was opened in 1858, and was designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand. The cathedral weighs 300,000 tonnes, and the engineering operation needed to erect it was, at the time, of an almost unprecedented scale. Used as a museum of atheism during the Soviet years, the cathedral, the largest in Russia, is still officially a museum, with a collection of 19th-century art.prac_infoIsaakievskaya ploshchad • 315 9732 • Open May–Sep: ...

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