Monday, 11 July 2016

Taking In St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The big boy in St. Petersburg is St. Isaac's Cathedral, a looming piece of architecture that's a temple to the Russian Orthodox faith. Tsar Alexander I commissioned the Cathedral and had to wait through 40 years of construction until it opened in 1858.

The style is symmetrical Greek cross neoclassical.

Upon entry, an automatic gaze to the heavens at the voluminous interior.

Jesus tending his flock. Some paintings can't help but stare upwards.

It's worth the neck craning to take in the dome.

Back down on Earth, so much color and ornamentation to enjoy.

The cathedral is still technically a museum, a policy leftover from Soviet days. In a left chapel, services have resumed, including weddings.

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