Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), St. Petersburg

The first structure ever built in Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) 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 (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker website .
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  • A little boring but there's a lot to be said for this place down to its history. It's worth a visit to see the decor inside too, as its full of gold and the tombs of important people throughout Russia...  more »
  • Invite! Not only visitors, but also those who are born in St. Petersburg. You can simply bypass around Cheremshanka-along the Neva and on the island. Summer-best barefoot. You can soak up the Sun-the walls of the bastions (fun for the enthusiast). You can stand at the Peter Shemjakinskogo, visit to the Cathedral, museums (from the first in the USSR missile laboratory to prison Casemates). Or sit in a restaurant inside the fortress. And you can walk from Nevsky by Mikhailovsky castle with a monument to Peter from Paul ("Great-grandson"), past the Champs de Mars, by walking through the bridge-to quite another Peter Memorial-and the Charter, finish "camping" trip by boat from Cheremshanka. Options are to your taste. Excellent discharge ...
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  • This attraction is highly rated but in my opinion, is just an average attraction to be visited if you have the time or if you like history. The fortress is neither beautiful nor imposing but is histor...  more »
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  • Beautiful place , must to visit. you can see king & queen’s coffins inside. beautiful golden sculptures & great decoration on everywhere. may need local guide to inform a history & which coffin is? should be quiet & don’t use flash when uou take a photos.
  • The Peter and Paul Fortress is a citadel built three hundred years ago. It's situated on a very beautiful island on the river Neva where you can take tons of stunning pictures. The site also has its gloomier side in form of the mausoleum which is the burial place of several famous tsars.
  • Not much to see at all. You buy a ticket for 4 exhibitions and the church. The church is interesting, but the rest is very underwhelming. Everything else has additional cost. Walking the walls is another 300 rub and even using the unpleasant toilet costs 30 rub. Walking around the outside of the walls along the beach is free, far more interesting and has nice views across the river.
  • San Pete Keystone. Build more then 300 hundreds years ago as first fortress on Neva to protect important sea route for Russia. This fortress never fight but used as place for Russian imperators graves and as a prison ...such a strange combination but it is a part of history. Museums not so impressive as I expect but you can visit Peter and Paul Cathedral were tombs of the Peter the Great and Ekaterina the Great and not only... Second place is a museum in the commandant house. It will be enough! On my point of view. Prison museum is large but all spots are quite similar and boring.
  • Beautiful. Very peaceful place that takes you back to the times of Peter the Great. Have a stroll and enjoy the atmosphere. Make sure to visit the cathedral as it is the site where all the Romanovs are buried, including the last tzars. The museums and prisons were closed when I visited, but they looked like they're worth a visit.
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