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The dome of St. Isaacís Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from far away. It is possible to climb up the 300 or so steps to the observation walkway at the base of the cathedralís dome and enjoy the view over the city.

Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand as the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was heavily decorated. The cathedral is a Late Neoclassical rendering of a Byzantine Greek-cross church.

When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos - note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using mosaic techniques. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.

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