Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, St. Petersburg

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#11 of 132 in Historic Sites in St. Petersburg
At Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, see the extravagant tombs of almost all the Russian rulers since Peter the Great, who commissioned the church in the beginning of the 18th century. The existing Baroque cathedral was erected on the site of an earlier wooden one. The highlight of the interior is the 18th-century iconostasis constructed by more than 40 Moscow architects under the lead of Ivan Zarudny. For views of the city, climb the tower toward a needlelike spire topped by a flying angel holding a cross. You can still find fresh flowers on the grave of Peter the Great, nearly 300 years after his death. With our custom trip planner, St. Petersburg attractions like Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The Cathedral is interesting from both inside and outside. Inside there crypt of the Romanov Dynasty of instructive and informative take there tour.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We visited the last resting place of the Romanov Tsars and Tsarinas on our last day in St Petersburg and it felt like it had brought our journey in this former Imperial City full circle. To have seen ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Inside all is undoubtedly beautiful and accomplished in the Baroque style, but the noise and uproar this spoils the picture.
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  • May 29, 2017
    Historically quite significant because of all the Romanovs interred here. Decorative features for this burial church are beautiful, but not exceptional.
  • June 5, 2017
    Although it is a nice church having a bunch of tumbs, it is better to go through city center churches if you are in a hurry and skip this. If you have time include it into the tour :)
  • January 3, 2017
    Really nice cathedral! But too pricey. Isaak's is twice as beautiful and twice as cheap as this one. Although it was a pleasure to see all the emperors of latest Russian history (300years)
  • April 17, 2016
    Beautiful church. Inside, there are the tombs of the Russian Czars, including the last one, Nikolai and his family. Very interesting piece of relatively recent history. Recommended.
  • August 14, 2016
    Very interesting cathedral with quite atypical baroque interior, together with an interesting exhibition on the Romanov tsars and relatives buried there. Would do well to have more information on each of the personalities buried there.

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