Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, St. Petersburg

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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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  • You simply must see this place when visiting St Petersburg, it is one of the highlights of the tour.  more »
  • Don't content yourself with just admiring Peter and Paul Cathedral's angel-topped gilded spire from a distance. Get up close and personal with this, the oldest church in St. Petersburg. It gets a Very...  more »
  • The architecture is stunning and the interior is solemn. From the first Tsar Peter the Great to the last Tsar Nicholas II and families are buried here. Here we learnt about the bloody encounter of Tsa...  more »
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  • Historically quite significant because of all the Romanovs interred here. Decorative features for this burial church are beautiful, but not exceptional.
  • 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 :)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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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