A capture from inside of the mighty Saint Issac's Cathedral (Исаакиевский собор) in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.
The present cathedral is the fourth version built, the first was a wooden church commissioned by Peter the Great in 1710. Peter named it after a Byzantine monk Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, as he was born on Saint Isaac's feast day according to the Orthodox calendar. In 1768 Catherine the Great commissioned the current cathedral to be built on the same site in honour of her hero Peter the Great.
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