Religious diversity of Saint Petersburg

Since its foundation, Saint Petersburg has always been a multicultural place. It also has been welcoming and respectful to the people of any religion and confession. That’s why the city boasts such architecturally interesting places of worship. Here is a quick guide to the most stunning temples, churches, cathedrals for you to visit.

Orthodox – St. Isaac’s Cathedral

 

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Публикация от Весь Санкт-Петербург | Питер (@all_spb)

The largest cathedral in Saint Petersburg and one of the largest in the world. The tremendous dome, covered with 100 kg of gold leaf, is 101.5 meters high. The main part is occupied by the museum, but services are also held throughout the year and the question about fully handing over the cathedral to the orthodox church is currently being discussed. Here you can not only practice worship but also get one of the best views of the city by climbing up the colonnaded walkway to the top of the dome.

Address:

4 Isaakievskaya Ploshad

Hours:

10:30 AM – 6 PM;

evening admission during the high season 6 PM – 10:30 PM;

Wednesday is day-off

Admission:

cathedral museum with colonnaded walkway – ≈$7

 

Lutheranism  – the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

 

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Публикация от Мария Варава (@mrs.maria_varava)

This is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Russia. Unlike many other religious institutions, this one was not demolished during the Soviet era, yet still suffered alterations in form of a swimming pool installed in the basement. Because of that, many fresco murals were lost and the unique acoustics were disrupted. Visitors are still able to see what’s left of the pool and catacombs after the restoration – usually, exhibitions and performances are held on the lower ground floor.

Address:

22-24 Nevsky Prospect

Hours:

9 AM – 9 PM

Admission:

free

Catholicism – the Church of St. Catherine

 

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Публикация от inPetersburg (@in.petersburg)

This is the oldest Catholic church in the country, with an eventful and dramatic history. Unfortunately, the original adornments of the church were lost due to the fires set here during the revolutions and Soviet reign. Sacred icons and the collection of rare books were thrown away on the streets. And at one point the building of this cathedral was ironically turned into a Museum of Atheism. By now the church has been renovated and assigned the status of a basilica (a church granted special privileges by the Pope.) making it the only basilica in Russia.

Address:

32-34/1 Nevsky Prospect

Hours:

8 AM – 8 PM

Admission:

free

Judaism – the Grand Choral Synagogue

 

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The second largest synagogue in Europe (Saint Peterburg’s Jewish community reaches 100 000 people) it is especially known for its extraordinary acoustics. Try standing on one side of the hallway and ask your friend to go to the opposite side. Everything you whisper will be clearly heard even though you are as far as 10 meters away from each other. The echo will also be amplified in the very center of the hall.

Address:

2 Lermontovsky Prospect

Hours:

10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday is day-off

Admission:

free

Buddism – Datsan Gunzechoinei

 

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Публикация от Мария Андреева (@masha55035)

This is the northernmost Buddist temple in the world. Its name means “the source of Buddha’s Religious Teaching that has Deep Compassion for All Beings”. While visiting the temple, you can get an astrology consultation or a brief consultation from a Tibetan medical doctor… Or a delicious snack! There is a Buryat (an ethnic group in Russia who practices Buddhism) cuisine canteen in the basement, where you can try the traditional cuisine for peanuts: a set of 3 buuz (steamed dumplings with meat) will cost you only ≈$2!

Address:

91 Primorsky Prospect

Hours:

10 AM – 7 PM, Wednesday is day-off

Admission:

free

Islam – Saint Petersburg Mosque

 

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Публикация от Svetlana Logunova (@logunovasss)

A beautiful location to add to your itinerary while visiting Saint Peter and Paul Fortress. This mosque is so grand – it can accommodate up to 5 000 followers. The dome and minarets of the Mosque are noted for their fabulous colorful mosaic ceramics. The first floor is intended for men and the second one is dedicated for women. Attention: female visitors have to cover their heads, legs and arms before going inside.

Address:

7 Kronverksky Prospect

Hours:

10 AM – 5 PM

Admission:

free

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