Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, St. Petersburg

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With its gold-domed roofs and gilded interior, it's hard to say whether Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor is more ornate inside or out. The Baroque Russian Orthodox cathedral has always been intimately associated with the Russian Navy, as evidenced by the upper church's memorial plaques for crews of sunken Soviet marines. Built on the bank of the Kryukov Canal from 1753 to 1762, the massive cathedral can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Consider attending a mass to see it in all its glory. You can appreciate the cathedral's exterior from a boat cruise along the canal, or from the viewpoint of the bell tower. Use our St. Petersburg road trip planner to arrange your visit to Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor and other attractions in St. Petersburg.
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  • The best part of the church is outside. Inside it is just an average orthodox church. If you're passionate about orthodox masses and make a donation (100 rubles up to now, cash only) you can get inside and stand nearby the exit. Maybe this happens whenever a mass or any other orthodox rite is celebrated - a priest outside the church will inform you that tourists must pay to get in. Cameras are not allowed, hence you cannot take photos nor videos. If you are planning to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, chances are you'll see an orthodox mass there too.
  • Quite nice....even the interior is different to other big cathedrals like Kazan. If you have time, the visit is worthy and the entry is free (not like Isaac cathedral) It's a little bit far away from the city center but it can be reached along the channels, so the way is also nice
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