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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197046, Russia
(812) 230-64-31
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As featured in 3 days in St. Petersburg
Ranked #32 of 989 attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used instead as a political prison under the czars, and houses the City History... more » Owner description: Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used instead as a political prison under the czars, and houses the City History Museum, the Mint, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. « less
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Free to visit the fortress - this is near an underground station. There are separet musems to pay for inside the fortress - Holy Trinity Chusrch is a must - so too is the Commandant's House telling the story of St Petersburg. Separate tickets are nedded for these although the ticket to Holy Trinity includes the prison

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Port Douglas, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were short for time so only walked around the grounds which is free. You can buy a ticket to learn about the history of this fantastic site, but make sure you get the all in ticket not individual ones. Keep the kids away from the beach (not really a beach, but a wall) where the very strange locals sunbath.... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Combined ticket allowed entry into the major museums. Highlight being the commandants house which gives a history of the city. Unfortunately you buy a combined ticket and then need to pay more for a walk on the wall and see the wax museum.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Across the Neva River from The Hermitage the Fortress is filled with lots of adventures. A jail for those that find them fascinating; a chapel with the remains of numerous Romanovs including Nicholas, Alexandra and family; a St Petersburg historical museum with a story of the city's beginnings with many interesting artefacts. Down the road is a three masted wooden... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

As others have said the cathedral is beautiful, the tombs full of interest and the views across the Neva (frozen the day we were there) are spectacular. But don't miss the exhibition in the Commandants House about the history of the city. It is slightly hard work, as there aren't many English labels and the presentation is not flashy, but... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The original St Petersburg the Peter & Paul Fortress is an easy stroll amongst some fine architecture and exhibits. The views back across the city are worth to journey - we did a circular route from the Hermitage. Very enjoyable.

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united kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The cathedral here is great and the tombs were fascinating. The prison was really interesting and gave a lot of detail about the people who had been held there. Lovely food in the cafe at a reasonable price. The toilets at the Neva curtain were 'an experience'! Clean, but like being in someone's greenhouse! Commandant's House was really interesting. Make... More

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We walked over one of the bridges that leads directly to the fortress to enjoy the local architecture and the beautiful day. We liked watching all the young brides taking pictures along the way. It is very serene inside the fortress walls. We concentrated on two buildings within the complex. We spent a lot of time inside the cathedral. While... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

A visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress is a must if you like Imperial Russian History. The fortress is across the river Neva, right across from the Hermitage. You can't miss it, the main church has a golden tower. A couple of hints - you buy tickets for the Cathedral where the Tzars are buried, in the gift store,... More

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The fortress occupied the whole island,connected to 3 sides by bridge.Through each of this bridges you can reach to another very beautiful garden,riverside,restaurants,museum.The forterss it self have many museums,all at least worth some time to visit,really I need more than 5 hours to see all parts.A small music group with strange horn like instruments playing near the shop and ticket... More

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