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. 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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  • August 19, 2017
    take a boat to access magic weather monument has visit because on a super view on saint pe island
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  • August 19, 2017
    Petropavlovka is not one Museum is a galaxy of museums on the Hares ' island. Here you can spend several days exploring them. But if the minimum that this Cathedral and an observation deck.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This Fortress dates back to 1703 and is set within high walls it consists of a number of historic buildings around the Peter & Paul Cathedral. The Fortress served as a prison and many political prisio...  more »
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  • Very interesting fortress, never loose the military parade during summer every Saturday starting 11.50 sharp. And it's for free if you don't want to go through the museum
  • 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.
  • Free entrance to wander inside the walls, but the entrance to the multiple museums and church have a cost, the place is an obliged visit if you come to St Petersburg. The views from this small island are wonderful.
  • Again one incredibly beautiful masterpiece in St. Petersburg, this place really takes you back in time and makes you feel how small you are and how big is world around you.
  • Interesting for history buffs, a charming and relaxing stroll for everyone else.

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