Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Smolny Cathedral, once the centerpiece of a convent founded to educate young aristocrats, now serves as a concert and exhibit hall. Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed this blue and white building by combining Baroque details with the forest of towers and onion domes typical of an old Russian monastery. Climb to the top of one of the two 63 m (207 ft) bell towers for views of the city. The building features an austere, white, neoclassical interior, notable only for its fine acoustics beneath the central dome. If you are lucky, you may catch a concert rehearsal during your visit. Use our St. Petersburg visit planning website to add Smolny Cathedral and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • This baroque complex by Giacomo Quarenghi was finished in 1835, known back then as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, served as the temple of all educational institutions of the city. In...  more »
  • Smolny Cathedral is beautiful. Not overly decorated inside but more "clean" than many other cathedrals. The bell tower should also be visited because it offers a good view of the city on two levels...  more »
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  • The temple is still under major reparations, but still worthy to enjoy the amazing architecture! There's a lovely park all around the main temple, formed by the monastery around it in a U form. There's also a tour to the clock tower just for 150rubles which gives an amazing view of the historic center of the city.
  • Truly a "wow" from afar and inside. Probably one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have seen with the calm blue exterior and the "pure" white ( and some gold) interior. The Cathedral was founded in 1748 by the empress Elizabeth Petrovna and was consecrated on July 20, 1835. There are scheduled visits to the belfry. Around the main cathedral are several other buildings that also served as a girls school. Definitely worth a visit.

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