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"The Peter and Paul Fortress" St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress Tip by ruki


Peter the Great decided to build a fortress for the protection of the Swedish army and navy. The fortress was built on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27 (May 16, Old Style) in 1703 and it became the birthday of the city. Since 1712 Fortress served as a prison guard, and high political security. Among the first prisoners were the rebellious son of King Peter - Alexei, Dostoevsky, Gorky, Trotsky and Lenjonov older brother Alexander. Parts of the former prison are now open to the public
In the middle there is an impressive fortress of Peter and Paul katredala, where buried all the Russian emperors and empress of Peter the Great, Catherine, and Alexander III. The cathedral was the first church in the city which is built of stone (1712-33) and it has very unusual look for the Russian Orthodox Church.
At the top is golden angel holding a cross, with a height of 404 m,the cathedral was the tallest in the city,before the construction of TV towers.
Here is the Historical Museum Mint is one of two in Russia where he minted money and medallions.
All buildings in the fortress are open from Thursday to Monday from 11 to 18, to Tuesday from 11 to 17, and the museum is closed on Wednesdays.
Museum ticket allows you to visit the Cathedral with the tombs and various exhibitions.

Evening of 18 to 19 hours to the cathedral entrance is free (except Wednesday)

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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