a glimpse inside peter and paul cathedral

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Everywhere we visited in St Petersburg, there were a lot of people sightseeing, doing what we were doing. Peter and Paul Cathedral was no different. In comparison to some of the other European churches we visited, the cathedral was probably on the smaller side so the crowd here might’ve seemed disproportionally large.

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The draw card might be because the cathedral holds the remains of many of Russia’s Emperors and Empresses, including Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The last Tsar along with his family, were famously executed in the dead of the night. Though rumours say that two of the children were never found (the more famous being the Princess Anastasia), our Russian tour guide said that those stories are merely a “fairytale” made up by the rest of the Western world to make the history more exciting.

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Anyway, as with other Russian buildings (such as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace) built during this era, the interiors are opulent and ornate.

And here, we shall stop writing and let you take a glimpse inside the cathedral for yourself.

Hope you enjoy our photo essay.

Please feel free to leave us any comments.

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50 thoughts on “a glimpse inside peter and paul cathedral

    traveladdictuk said:
    February 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful pictures ! – hope to see this when I go next year

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 9, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Fingers crossed that you do get to visit – it is an extraordinary place. Thanks for your lovely comment!

    yprior1 said:
    February 5, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    wow – the gold is overwhelming and how cool that you have seen so many – to read this was a smaller of the churches and to then see the grand feel – well it plays with your mind – but what a gem of a church – like that centered chandelier one the most…

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

      It really is almost fairy-tale like some of the decor of these buildings; so extravagant and ornate with beautiful colours.
      Hope you have a lovely weekend, Yvette 🙂

        yprior1 said:
        February 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        thx – and you too! ❤

    Packing my Suitcase said:
    February 5, 2015 at 2:18 am

    OMG I would never guess from the outside how amazing this church is from the inside, I am shocked! ❤ Beautiful!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Isn’t it so deceptive?? We were the same and then the minute we entered, we were straining out necks in every direction to not miss a thing 🙂

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        February 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        hahahaha I can imagine!! I would like to go there again and pay more attention to the details 😀

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        February 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        minus the “again” hahaha I have never been there.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

          Allane, you are soooo funny! You make us laugh with your comments 😉

    unfinishedtravel said:
    February 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

    What a stunning cathedral

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 4, 2015 at 7:59 am

      It was very surreal walking through it. Couldn’t believe how lavish it was! Thanks for your comment.

    Gypsy Bev said:
    February 2, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Would love to go to Russia someday. Their old buildings are so magnificent, Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Pleased to be able to share! It was a real treat visiting this Cathedral and Russia in face because Russia is in a league of its own.

    postcardtraveller said:
    January 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    What canera are you using? Your colours are so bright and liminescent! Or it could be all the gold. 😜

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Hey there – we use a compact camera (Canon Powershot S120). It’s an absolutely brilliant little camera and one of the best ones we have had for a reasonable price. But in this instance, the bright colours are thanks to all the gold 😉

    alexraphael said:
    January 31, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Majestic

    Kat said:
    January 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Absolutely amazing! I’m feeling giddy looking at the pictures, just incredible…

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:17 am

      It was very extravagant and definitely overwhelming. You just don’t know where to look when you are in there 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead.

        Kat said:
        January 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

        I can imagine being overwhelmed, must have been mind-blowing 🙂 you have a good weekend too!

    Jessi said:
    January 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Amazing photos! I have never been but it looks beautiful. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Thank you. So many of these places were jaw-droppingly extravagant. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

    worldjourneysdiscover said:
    January 30, 2015 at 6:21 am

    sometimes i forget how much I love this city. Then I remember….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

      There is plenty to see and gawk at and its just a very unique city 🙂

    Red Nomad OZ said:
    January 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    The colours and intricacies are incredible! Nothing like this in the Aussie Outback!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Definitely nothing like that in the Aussie Outback that’s for sure 😉 Actually maybe nothing in Australia quite like that!

    Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
    January 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Breathtaking!!!

    Forestwoodfolkart said:
    January 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    My goodness. How extraordinarily beautiful. Thanks so much for the glimpse into this fascinating period of history. The wealth, power and mystery of the tsars is amazing.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Yes – we are sooo intrigued by this period in history for Russia. Actually all history fascinates us, and travelling really gives a great taste of it when we see things for our own eyes – then we come home and want to read even more about it. Very glad to hear you enjoyed a sneak peek inside 🙂

        Forestwoodfolkart said:
        January 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

        I always enjoy your posts, Monkeys!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          January 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

          Awwww… so pleased to hear that 🙂 Your words have kicked off our weekend to a good start!

    Dr Sze Wey Lee said:
    January 28, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    What a stunning cathedral! And of course wonderfully taken photos. Definitely on my bucket list.

    kayrpea61 said:
    January 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful, L&D. Thank yo for sharing. We didn’t make it there – nearest we got was the view from the Neva. Next time, maybe😉

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Next time is always such a good reason to keep travelling 😉 Thanks for stopping on by and hope you have a fabulous Friday!

    Vlad said:
    January 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, it looks absolutely gorgeous! Great pictures! 😀

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Vlad – glad you enjoyed the pictures 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

    the eternal traveller said:
    January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Aren’t the ceilings amazing. I love the colours.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Yeh, the ceilings were something in themselves. We always get sore necks when going through these old buildings.

    nomadsojourn said:
    January 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Looks beautiful and immaculate. I will keep in mind to see this when we go there! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Yes, definitely worth a visit albeit very very crowded. There are plenty of extravagance to see when you are in imperial buildings in Russia 🙂

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    January 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hope you enjoyed St. Petersburg 🙂

    I have been there a couple of times and it was also very interesting. The thing which stuck the most with me was the difference between all those grand buildings from old times and then basically the poor areas all around the city where you feel like entering a goal different city or world

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Yes, there are certain stark differences in the architecture. In parts, there are these grandiose buildings and then in other parts, there are the communist grey buildings. There is so much modern, yet so much history attached to… that’s why we love Europe! There are just so any contrasts.

      Hope the sun is coming up a little earlier for you over there 🙂

    Yvonne said:
    January 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    It’s so beautiful, inside and out. I liked the little angel with the ladder. (Isn’t it astounding how much money has gone into religious edifices, the world over.)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Oh, isn’t it just a wonder about the expenses?! Different times and different priorities – somethings we can never quite understand. But in saying that, we visit places like this and are simply in awe at the sheer brilliance and detail of the work.

    Deepika said:
    January 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Wow.. such amazing pictures. European Churches have been on my bucket list for long time now! Hopefully very soon 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

      One can easily “overdose” on too many European Churches because there are SOOOO many. But we love visiting them – because we never know what the inside will look like 🙂 Hope you do get to tick some European churches off your bucket list.

        Deepika said:
        January 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

        Amen to that 🙂

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