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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  • In the Peter and Paul Fortress (pp) to visit in the summer or late spring or early autumn. Admission is free. The fortress is located in the heart of the city, Placed the island. around water and strong wind you pass on a wooden bridge in the heart of the city. There are museums, Royal Tombs, a beach, a gun that shoots every day by tradition in 12 h a day, so that you can hear on the streets, mint, souvenirs for sale (prices there in 2 times more expensive gifts than in normal newsstand) you can also take a walk on the roof wall. It really captures and enjoy breathtaking views over the Neva River and the fortress there stands the famous monument to Peter the great as they say it is his real growth. Holding the finger, you can make a wish. generally in PP fortress can be sent to the family for the whole day. There is a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat, not very cheap, but not very expensive, not far from the PP there is a famous fortress Metro station Gorkovskaya, and if you go further along the Alexandrovsky Park, you can visit the Leningrad Zoo. Tickets are not cheap adults 500 roubles children, 100 apprenticeship r., pensioners on passports for free.
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  • Were in January at the exhibition ice shapes and therefore visited the Peter and Paul Fortress, because it took place on the territory of Petrovlovki. Was a wonderful winter day and we walked through the territory of the fortress. Climbed up and looked at the Neva River and views of Petersburg from the top of the fortress. Went to the Cathedral where Czars are buried. The Cathedral is magnificent. In 6:00 pm you can get there for free and look at the sacred place where our history is stored. Walking through the territory of the fortress you are inspired with the spirit of the time and our history.
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  • Required to attend! Visiting the Peter and Paul Fortress, you kill several birds with one stone: 1. Peter and Paul Cathedral (+ Kolonada) 2. Mint 3. Bastion (Naryshkin, trubetskoy) 4. Exposition of medieval instruments of torture 5. Museum of Left-handers 6. You can purchase different souvenirs. And, of course, take a walk, it's just indescribable kinds! Necessarily come before 12:00 day to hear the shot gun (12.00), although one can hear him and outside the Peter and Paul Fortress. Weight of impressions! Entrance is free, additional visits to the above places paid.
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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.