St. Petersburg To Remain Owner Of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Iconic Former Communist Structure To Not Be Returned To Church.
The iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, will not be turned over to the Russian Orthodox Church as planned. The city of St. Petersburg will stay in control of the structure and rent it free to the church instead. The cathedral was under the control of the Communist Party during the Soviet Union and the church was removed from the facility altogether. Local communists were angry that the cathedral was going to be returned to the church and made their displeasure known through protests. St. Isaac’s is a UNESCO World Heritage site.