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.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 2 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
- Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 20% of the total maximum capacity.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
- Alcoholic drinks are not available.
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English guided tour
Children under 8 years oldFree
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done 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?
Bookings are permitted up until 8 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
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Alexander Column in Palace Square.