Guided tour of the Smolny Cathedral

Temple architecture, magnificent interiors and the ascent to the belfry

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Smolny Cathedral tours

1 hr 20 min
Working days
sat, sun
Opening hours
12.00, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00
200 rub. *
Recommended donation: 200 rubles. - excursion around the cathedral, 150 rubles. - ascent to the belfry.

What is this excursion?

You will get acquainted with the architecture of the Cathedral and the Smolny Monastery complex, learn about the history of the area on the bend of the Neva River. Inside the temple, the guide of the Smolny Cathedral will tell about the interior of the temple, as well as about the history of the cathedral, the monastery, charitable and educational institutions, including the Educational Society for Noble Maidens. At the end of the excursion, you can climb the highest observation deck in the center of St. Petersburg - the cathedral belfry.

The entrance to the belfry of the Smolny Cathedral is open every day from 08:00 to 20:00. From here, from a height of about 50 meters, a stunning view of the entire center of St. Petersburg opens up - the elegant festive city sparkling with numerous lights and garlands.

History and interiors of the most beautiful temple in St. Petersburg.
Climbing the belfry - the city center from a bird's eye view.
In summer - every day, no prior registration is required.
Excursion and pilgrimage service of the Smolny Cathedral.

Route and content of the tour

What can you expect?

The Resurrection Smolny Cathedral is part of the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Monastery. Until 2016, it was a concert venue for classical music, now it is a functioning Orthodox church.

The cathedral was consecrated in 1835, 87 years after the foundation stone was laid by Empress Elizabeth Petrovna in 1748.

The author of the project, the outstanding architect FB Rastrelli, created his creation in the Elizabethan Baroque style, but did not manage to complete it. The interior of the temple at the beginning of the nineteenth century was created by another famous architect - V.P. Stasov. The building was built in the lush Elizabethan Baroque style. The walls are painted soft blue, the domes are gray. In terms of the style of architecture, Smolny Cathedral looks more like a palace than a temple.

The temple received the status of a cathedral of all educational institutions in memory of Empress Maria Feodorovna. The cathedral was provided from the funds of the State Treasury and was assigned to the Department of Institutions of the Empress Maria, a parish from the residents of the nearby district was allocated to it.

For almost 90 years, divine services have been regularly held in the temple. An especially solemn service was celebrated on the day of St. Mary Magdalene, Equal to the Apostles, when the imperial family came to the temple, the heads and students of the city's female educational institutions gathered, including the first higher female educational institution in Russia - the Educational Society for Noble Maidens.

After the revolution, in 1922, the cathedral was closed. Regular services have been held in the temple since 2009. On January 25, 2016, the cathedral was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church.

For up-to-date information on days and hours of excursions, visit the Smolny Cathedral website


Themed excursions are available for groups by prior arrangement: "Saints and Shrines of the Smolny Cathedral", "Architecture of the Smolny Monastery", "History of the Resurrection Smolny Monastery", "Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens", "Christmas Petersburg", as well as educational quests for children.

You can sign up for excursions and quests by calling: 8 (961) 808 9738; 8 (911) 233-8957 and by email:

+7 (961) 808-97-38
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Guided tour of the Smolny Cathedral