"Birthplace of the city" St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress Tip by filip007

  Fortress of St Peter and St Paul
by filip007

It is on this island that on 16 may 1703 Peter the Great started the construction of St Petersburg - at least of the fortress.

While all the grounds are free, you need a ticket for the 7 museums situated inside, including the highlight - the cathedral of St Peter and St Paul with its impressive spire and Romanov imperial family tombs.

To get there, I recommend you to go on foot from the Winter Palace, pass by Strelka and enter the island by the Kronwerk bridge, then pass along Neva on the sandy beach and enter the fortress by the Nevsky Gate. (OK, this gate was mainly used to embark prisoners slated for exile or execution, but you will have time to appreciate the fortress and some great sights of Winter palace along the way...)

Address: Petrogradskaya side of the city
Directions: Directly across the Neva from Hermitage

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  • Written Nov 10, 2007
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