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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  • It has surprised me that have placed the tombs of Tsars in the Temple! AWE and incredibly clean the spaces! Around the fortress there is Mint and outdoor shops for your shopping!
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  • It is interesting here, take a walk, especially if it comes up teplen′kij day. Besides, here is the Mint, but you can only see the outside.
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  • Worth a visit to see the Cathedral. It was beautiful with all the Czars tombs. Not far to walk over the bridge. Interesting modern statue of Peter the Great. 
  • 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.
  • Did learn a lot about Russian history thanks to the audio guide very detailed and the plan of the fortress well indicated. The church was astonishing and the prison freacky. Good value for money, i recommend.
  • Took a walk to the fortress on a raining day. Visited the Cathedral. It is beatiful.
  • The fortress is originally built of wood and later by stone. It's also used to be a prison of Tsarevich Alexis. Inside the fortress area has several notable building, beautiful and full of history.
  • It was a rainy day so that doesn't help. There's a lot of outdoors walking so I recommend going on a nice day. Prison was very repetitive and all over the video/ audio presentation things were only in Russian. Plus having to pay to use the bathroom. You need to pay separately for the different sections, not just one entrance fee. All up I don't think you miss out too much if you don't go. It is a nice church if you're into that though.
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