Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

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The first structure ever built in Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress serves as the final resting place of all Russian monarchs from Peter the Great to Alexander III. Constructed in 1703, the fortress takes up the better part of a small island in the river Neva. Designed to repel possible attacks by the Swedish navy, the massive structure never served its intended purpose, eventually becoming a notorious political prison. The most notable feature of this complex is its cathedral, boasting a gilded cupola and a bell tower that dominates the skyline from a height of over 120 m (400 ft). The fortress also houses a museum dedicated to the history of the city. Plan to see Peter and Paul Fortress and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker website .
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  • Really is a moving place, seeing all the places where the Tsars are and especially the room with Nicholas ll and his wife and children. Such a beautiful church and also beautiful views. Wasn’t as...  more »
  • Incredible place. History of Russian currency since 16 century to nowadays. Then we’re Russian factory of coins since csar period.  more »
  • Naval fortress on a Rabitts island which includes burial church with tumbs of almost all Romanovs from Peter I the Great, Catherine II the Great to last tsar Nicholas II, his wife and five childern...  more »
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  • Lovely place to see when visiting St.Petersburg. I would be grateful if they had more English labeling as well, so we could understand what we see. Absolutely stunning place!
  • An amazing fortress steeped in history. The artillery firing at midday is something to witness. I was allowed special access to the wall for filming and its views were amazing. Hopefully will be able to visit again sometime.
  • Beautiful fort with many nice people. Russia is a glorious and happy nation but would be much greater if that traitor Gorbachev was wiped off the face of the earth.
  • For Russia reviews visit my travel blog: thewanderingmain.in/ What a grand fortress. 2.5 km from Nevsky ave, it is located on an island across Neva River. I walked up to fortress from my hotel at Nevsky avenue and enjoyed the sightseeing all the way to my destiny. You can snack on some ice cream and have beverages. There is a convergence of people every day. You can take tickets to the cathedral which costs about 500 rubles but it is worth spending. Glittering chandeliers and colourful art of the cathedral makes the whole experience exclusive. Usually, it is closed on Thursdays. This place is highly recommended to visit. I give it a thumbs up.
  • For people who like history this would be a good place to learn how this place turn into a prison. This place is more than just a prison and a cathedral, if you have one full day I’d suggest to take advantage of the combo ticket , it’s also valid for 2 days Be aware that they are off on Wednesdays.
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