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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  • A very dramatic and photogenic cathedral from the outside but a lot plainer on the inside than most of the Orthodox Churches we visited. It is only a little bit out of the centre but due to traffic.....  more »
  • This is an incredible cathedral that is definitely worth making a trip to see! You can also go up into the tower and see the entire downtown!  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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