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St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg (Russia)

Address: Isaakievskaya pl
Web: http://eng.cathedral.ru
Part of the world: Europe
Country: Russia (see more Religious, spiritual in Russia)
City: St Petersburg (see more Religious, spiritual in St Petersburg)
Type of place: Sights
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Earlier in the Admiralty area there was a small wooden church dedicated to Isaac (monk), which replaced another stone, which was totaled in the mid-eighteenth century. Finally, in the early nineteenth century, they decided to build the new cathedral. Participate in the contest leading architects of the time. Victor goes the young French architect Auguste Montferrand. The works lasted from 1818 to 1858. In the decoration of St. Isaac's Cathedral were used 43 types of minerals. The base was covered with granite, the interior of the cathedral, marble walls and floors of Russians, Italians and French, the columns of the altar were covered with malachite and lapis lazuli. For plated, the dome of 21.8 m in diameter, were used about 100 kilos of gold. Adorn the cathedral nearly 400 works including sculptures, paintings and mosaics. It has capacity for 14 thousand people.
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