Discover the striking beauty and fascinating history of three of Saint Petersburg's architectural jewels: Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
St Petersburg Cathedrals Tour Itinerary
Saint Petersburg's history and cityscape is heavily entwined with Orthodox Christianity and its majestic cathedrals. Within the space of a few streets, separated only by the Moyka River and the Griboyedov Canal, the historic centre of the former Russian capital is home to three stunning churches. After meeting your guide under Alexander Column in Palace Square, you'll begin exploring these three main cathedrals.
The first stop on your tour will be the iconic Church of the Saviour on Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. While you admire its vibrant colours and striking shapes, reminiscent of the emblematic Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, your expert English-speaking guide will explain the violent history behind the Orthodox church's origins, built upon the spot where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded. Inside, you'll be left in awe by the multi-coloured mosaics depicting religious scenes like the Nativity and the Ascension of Jesus.
Enjoy a stroll along the Griboyedov Canal to your next visit: the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. The elegant Neoclassical style of this sprawling church likens it more the temples of Ancient Greece than to an Orthodox basilica, and its palatial columns are one of the most recognisable images of Nevsky Prospect. Many faithful believers flock to the boulevard to venerate the iconic of the Virgin of Kazan, to whom the cathedral is consecrated.
Finally, you'll return to the area around Palace Square to visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Technically the largest Orthodox church in the world by capacity (there's room for 14,000 people inside), the building has been home to a museum since 1931. Does the enormous dome remind of you of the one crowning a famous cathedral in London? Let's not get ahead of ourselves! Just know that by the end of your tour, you'll understand why Saint Isaac's is one of the most visited temples in Saint Petersburg.
Your tour will finish in Saint Isaac's Square at around 2:30 pm.
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English guided tour
Per personUS$ 39.60
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of St Petersburg's history.
Entrance to the cathedrals visited.
Access to the dome of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (8:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.
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No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Alexander Column in Palace Square.