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Saint Isaac Cathedral, Winter Palace, Kazan Cathedral, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Smolny Cathedral, Trinity Cathedral, and Yubileyny Sports Palace are the next landmarks in the review. Just like in the beginning of the review, we have prepared a collection of historic facts and some awesome photographs for each of these top architecture monuments of Saint Petersburg. Don’t forget to admire the look of these sights from a bird’s eye view. This view is available in the flyover video of the architectural skyline of Saint Petersburg. After such a guide, it won’t be a hassle to make up a great plan of a real-life excursion tour in Saint Petersburg. Ready, steady, go!

Saint Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

» The Saint Isaac Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg and the unique architectural structure dominating in the downtown.
» The height of the cathedral is 101.5 m, the length and width is about 100 meters.
» The building of the cathedral is decorated with 112 monolithic granite columns of different size; statues representing 12 of the Holy Apostles are located on the corners and the tops of the gables.
» The Saint Isaac Cathedral has the unique collection of monumental painting of the first half of the 19th century, 150 panels and pictures.
» Construction of the cathedral lasted as much as 40 years. This was due to the fact that a soothsayer predicted to architect Auguste Montferrand his death immediately after the completion of the Saint Isaac Cathedral. Therefore, the architect didn’t rush with construction; he really lived a little less than a month after consecration of the cathedral.

Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg

» The Winter Palace is the former grand residence of Russian emperors.
» Currently, the Winter Palace is part of the State Hermitage Museum and is the largest building of the museum complex.
» The building of the Winter Palace consists of 1,084 rooms, 1,945 windows and 117 stairs (including secret ones).
» The most important events related to the history of Russia are associated with the Winter Palace, as private life of Russian monarchs took place there.
» Surviving palace interiors have not only artistic, but also historical value.

Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

» The Kazan Cathedral is the outstanding monument of architecture and fine art in Russia.
» The cathedral was built in the first half of the 19th century in the Empire style imitating the temples of the Roman Empire.
» The Kazan Cathedral is richly decorated outside and inside with sculptures created by Russia's best sculptors.
» An integral part of the interior of the cathedral is painting of the iconostasis of, the walls, and dome poles.
» The main treasure of the temple is a revered copy of the Our Lady of Kazan.

Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg

» The Alexandrinsky Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Russia that has survived to these days.
» This theater is considered the mother of all Russian theaters and the date of its foundation is a birthday of Russian professional theater.
» The Alexandrinsky Theatre premiered almost all works by Russian drama classics.
» After the reconstruction in 2005-2006, the Alexandrinsky Theater was restored in its historic appearance.
» Currently, the Alexandrinsky Theatre has become one of the most advanced venues in terms of modern engineering of stage.

Smolny Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

» The Smolny Cathedral is part of the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Convent.
» The cathedral was built only in 1835, although its construction began, when Elizabeth was the heiress to the throne in 1748.
» Currently, the Smolny Cathedral is also a concert venue of classical music.
» The monastery built in the style of magnificent baroque has Greek cross form with a central cathedral inside and four churches in the corners.
» The Smolny Cathedral is one of the pinnacles of world architecture notable for its picturesque expressive compositions and outdoor decoration.

Trinity Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

» The Trinity Cathedral is the architectural monument of late classicism. It got its name by Izmailovo Regiment, one of the oldest in Russia.
» The cross-shaped stone cathedral is crowned with five massive domes. The dome is painted with gold stars on a blue background on the personal instructions of Nicholas I given in 1826.
» The temple was built in the Empire style.
» At the time of the consecration the cathedral was the largest in Russia. Today, the temple can accommodate more than 3,000 people.
» One of the most revered shrines of Trinity Cathedral is the icon of the Holy Trinity painted in the 15th century.

Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg

» The Yubileyny Sports Palace is one of the most popular sports and entertainment facilities in the center of St. Petersburg.
» The sports facility accommodating 7,012 visitors has diameter of 94 meters.
» The complex was built in 1967 and was named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Soviet authorities.
» There is the indoor ice rink open for the public as a part of the sports complex, as well as various sports and athletic dancing groups.
» From 2007 to 2009, Yubileyny Sports Palace was renewed. Currently, the complex regularly hosts not only sporting events, but also concerts, exhibitions and corporate events.
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