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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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Alarm Will Sound!

If you go to the prison where so many greats and not so greats had been locked up over the years check out number 60 Leon Trotsky's old cell but be aware, if you try to jump on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I don't think this is one of the essentials of a visit to St Petersburg. If you have the time go visit it by all means, the church is worth seeing but you will probably see similar churches on your trip. I feel if you are pushed for time, this is one visit you could skip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you go to the prison where so many greats and not so greats had been locked up over the years check out number 60 Leon Trotsky's old cell but be aware, if you try to jump on his old bunk for a photo an alarm will sound! I did and it did! A guard came in with an amused... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Looking at its strategic location on a map it is no wonder why it was originally built as a fortress. A well informed tour guide really helps make this an informative experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Although it was not one of the highlights of our trip o St Petersburg, we did enjoy spending a couple of hours wandering around the fort. The architecture is interesting and Peter the Great is buried in the beautiful cathedral.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Built in 1703, this former citadel of the town sits on a small island in the Neva River. Many Russian royal families are buried in the Cathedral as well as the Romanov family, including Anastasia! ;)

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Here´s where Peter the Great founded the city in 1703. There are several interesting buildings and in the Peter and Paul Cathedral are buried all the tsars from Peter the Great on with the exception of Peter II.

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Warsaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was originally set up as firs fortress during initial stage of the city, but never been used as it supposed to be, but it was redesigned to be used as a prison, where you can still experience isolate prison rooms without a single sign of the daylight:-) Must see and feel it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

As part of a tour on SPB, the Russian based tour company, we visited Peter and paul Fortress, luckily on a beautiful, blue sky day (not always frequent around rainy St. Petersburg). It is full of many tourist surprises in addtion to being the last repose of many of Russia's czars and their families, including the last czar, Nicholas II... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The fortress contains the Church of Peter and Paul which contains historically important graves all intimately related to the city of St Petersburg, making this a good starting point for seeing the city. The church is stunning and different from traditional Russian Orthodox churches, another reason to visit. And from outside the Gates of Death you get a panoramic view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

this was interesting though a disappointing visit as didn't have enough time and guides made us rush then we ended up spending more time in a gift shop trying to sell us local crafts, a typical guided tour

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Address: Address: Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197046, Russia
Phone Number: (812) 230-64-31
Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg

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