on September 14, 2000
This is a grand building. Built in the early 19th century, it dominates this part of the city. It looks to me a little like St. Paul's in London - it has a similar dome on top of the large classical pillars.
This isn't a cheap place to get into - it costs about £5, a bit less for students. This church is not fully religious yet - most of the back bit is a museum, and this is the bit you have to pay to enter. The exhibits are mostly of St. Peterburg, and the building of the place, and some religious items connected with the cathedral. There are some clunky walkmans with an audio guide to the cathedral, and you get them on entry to the museum.
The entrance-end of the building is used for religious purposes. There is no seating, and no instrumental music, only voices. If you can, see part of a service - there seems to be one about 6pm each day, and it's OK to wander in and out quietly.
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