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Imposing, magnificent, monumental. Such is the present church of St. Isaac, the fourth, built of the French architect Montferrand at the behest of Tsar Alexander and further enlarged under Nicholas I, I between 1818 and 1858. But the history of the cathedral dates back to 1710 when Peter the Great, who was born on the day named Isaac (May 30), he built a wooden church in honor of the Byzantine Monaco. The cathedral is a gigantic measuring 111.2 meters long and 97.6 wide. 112 monolithic columns of red granite, weighing about 100 tons. each hold the 4 porches, 350 statues inhabit the roof, 100 kg of gold foil lining the sparkling dome with 21, 8 m. height is the pride of the city. The interior of sumptuous gold and marble (there are 14 types), bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli, occupies an area of 4,000 square meters and can accommodate 14,000 people. The fresco in the central vault depicting the Virgin among angels and saints, the work of painters Brjullov and Bruni, has a size of 816 square meters. Extraordinary iconostasis covered with mosaics. The Church, which is still classified as a museum, is one of the most visited attractions of the city. Climbing the 262 steps of the colonnade you can admire a beautiful view of St. Petersburg from 43 m. of height. How to: Sadovaya metro station When: Thursday to Tuesday from 11 to 18 How: Church: 320 RUB; colonnade: 160 RUB.