Many symbols and effigies of religion were used for other purposes in Russia during the revolution and Soviet years. St. Issac's Cathedral is an example of a church that was converted to an exhibition hall, then a museum. Today the church is used for worship once again; mass was officially celebrated here again in 1990, more than 70 years after St. Issac's had ceased to function as a church.
Today the cathedral is both a museum and a church, so you can enjoy exquisite religious artwork and architecture as well as listen to a choir performance, join a mass or take a guided tour. Programs for field trips and research projects are also available.
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