Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), St. Petersburg
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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. Use our St. Petersburg itinerary maker to add Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • This may have limited appeal for some. this is the symbol of St. Petersburg. Has nice church at the center with the tall spire. this is the final resting place of the Romanov dynasty. Nicholas and Ale...  more »
  • The fortress is the original citadel of the city founded by Peter the Great in 1703. It was built at the height of a war between Sweden and Russia to protect the infant St Petersburg from a Swedish at...  more »
  • Also a point in the standard range of the St. Peterbrug tourism. Impressive, monumental building with historic charm and a beautiful beach on the river Neva with great views over the old town...
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  • Worth to see the old fortress of St. Petersburg. There are some nice museums and on the pier you can have a beautiful view over the Newa
  • Dear viewers listen The latest burial was of Nicholas II's first cousin once removed, Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrilovich (1992). The remains of his parents, Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich and his wife Viktoria Fyodorovna, were transferred to the mausoleum from Coburg in 1995.
  • I can see the first building and the first bridge in Saint Petersburg here. Also there are tall walls and cannons to protect the land when thee is a battle with Sweden. There is also the first coin making factory in Saint Petersburg. I have visited the church, the church is so gorgeous and you can get a beautiful, detailed souvenir coin for just 100 rup. When I visit this place, I feel like I am in a time machine which brings me back into times.
  • To walk around the fortress it is free, however to go inside the prison, cathedral or exhibitions you will need a ticket. Personally I don't feel that this is a must do. The cathedral wasn't anything special, nicer ones in Russia. The prison was interesting at first, but it is repetitive in that you will see the same cell setup and read the same information. There is some information in English but it appears limited to what is in Russian. If you need a ticket in peak time, and it is possible to buy online do it. The line moves very slowly. Alternatively I think their is another ticket office inside the fortress so grab a map and try there first not the one at the entrance.
  • Another must do in this beautiful city! It is nice to walk around here, for a great view you can go up on the wall to have a great view on the city. If you don't want to pay entrance, you also have a great view from the beach in front of the fortress.