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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

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Address: Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197046, Russia
Phone Number: (812) 230-64-31
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used...
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.
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Interesting several hours on a Saturday in May. We walked leisurely to the fortress in around 30 minutes from near Hermitage. Good sights along river bank and photos of fortress... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We would have had more fun going to the Weapons museum across the road though the walk there across the Neva was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Interesting several hours on a Saturday in May. We walked leisurely to the fortress in around 30 minutes from near Hermitage. Good sights along river bank and photos of fortress as get closer. Best to enter from Trotsky Bridge end as other entrances very plain. While a lot of tour groups they were well spread around the fortress area and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Packed full of elderly tourists and their schmoozing guides. But fairly interesting for what it is. The gold inside the church is stunning, and the prison is interesting for the almost-ran revolutionaries before 1917. Makes you think - but for the luck of their time/place go Lenin, Stalin, et al. Also: the tsars' tombs are good to see. The Romanovs:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This fortress has a wonderful history of rulers and a terrific history is laid out in detail. They also have a very ornate chapel decked out in gold for all to wonder out. Of course with all the history comes the obligatory shop selling everything you can think of.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had a boat trip from Neva embankments near (behind) the Hermitage to this fortress. The boat trip includes hop-on-hop-off to visit St. Petersburg main attractions by the rivers connecting them in town. The fortress had some nice views of the city and surroundings, but we didn't find it very interesting inside the fortress grounds ... some nice time taking... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We walked here from the Palace Square taking lots of photos as we got nearer, crossing two bridges on the way. You get a different view of the Hermitage, appreciating the true size of the place, photo opportunities of the oddly decorated lighthouses and other interesting landmarks. And then you arrive at the bridge across to the Fortress. On arrival... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We loved the cathedral here, and found the history to be fascinating. You feel as if you are a time traveller while visiting the resting place of the former royal families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Excellent visit with our own guide.... Not sure it would have been so good on our own. This is definitely a place to see - so much history. Do not miss this .....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The official website advises two metro stations to access this. I advise using only Gorkovskaya unless you want a long trek. The cathedral is ok. The prison is interesting, if a bit badly presented. There are good views over to the Hermitage etc as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

One of the musts (once again) for every tourist visiting St. Petersburg. Main attraction is the church in which all Russian czars are buried. Guidance is minimal, so bring your own map (tourist guide) with you. Gorkovskaya metro station is the nearest one.

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