St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most famous sights of St. Petersburg. In the first nine months of 2018, 3.3 million people visited it.
In 2019, the flooring will be restored on the colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Because of this, access to the observation platform will be closed for several months – it is expected that no more than three.
We will monitor the situation and notify you about all the important changes in our Weekly Tourist Guide around St. Petersburg.
Restoration work in the cathedral is carried out constantly because of the size and age of the monument of architecture. This year marks 200 years since the beginning of construction of the existing building. “Isaac is an adult monument, therefore, he constantly gets some “sores”. For this reason, the restoration work in the cathedral does not stop. Isaakievsky is a special subject of St. Petersburgers’ pride and love”, – the museum director Yury Mudrov remarked on this.
By the way, there are already results of previous restoration works. In particular, pictorial art, including paintings by Bryullov and a two-meter pigeon from under the cathedral’s dome.
The main dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral is decorated with the image of the Mother of God surrounded by saints, made by K. P. Bryullov, and the image of the Holy Spirit in the form of a pigeon with outspread wings, harmoniously completing the composition. The sculpture weighing 84 kg, in size from beak to tail is 165 cm, and in wings of 206 cm it is again at a height of over eighty meters and visually gives the impression of a soaring pigeon.