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"Peter and Paul Fortress" St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress Tip by peach93

  The Fortress of Peter and Paul
by peach93

This fortress, central to which is the golden St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, was the very first structure built in St. Petersburg. Orginally, it was built as a means of protecting the city's citizens, but it is most famously known as a prison--a prison once one entered, one never emerged from. Some of its most famous residents were Gorky and Dostoevsky. The cathedral is the final burial place of the Russian Emperors (not to be confused with the czars who are buried in Moscow). The remains of Nicolas II and his family, who were killed by the Bolsheviks, were laid to rest here in 1998.


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  • Written Oct 3, 2005
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