Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

4.5
The first structure ever built in Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress 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 and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker website.
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  • Interesting fortress that - unfortunately- remained rather unimpressive. We spent some time walking around, enjoying the views and the architecture. However, considering the distance from the city...  more »
  • Really is a moving place, seeing all the places where the Tsars are and especially the room with Nicholas ll and his wife and children. Such a beautiful church and also beautiful views. Wasn’t as...  more »
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  • Lovely place to see when visiting St.Petersburg. I would be grateful if they had more English labeling as well, so we could understand what we see. Absolutely stunning place!
  • An amazing fortress steeped in history. The artillery firing at midday is something to witness. I was allowed special access to the wall for filming and its views were amazing. Hopefully will be able to visit again sometime.
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