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Peter and Paul Cathedral

Kronverkskaya naberezhnaya, Peter and Paul Fortress, Zayachii Ostrov 6 | Zayachii Ostrov, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Ranked #49 of 1,063 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The oldest and one of the tallest buildings in St. Petersburg is popular for the spectacular view provided by the thin, gilded needle-like spire... more » Owner description: The oldest and one of the tallest buildings in St. Petersburg is popular for the spectacular view provided by the thin, gilded needle-like spire rising from its bell tower. The graves of nearly all Romanov rulers since Peter the Great are here. « less
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Key Biscayne, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest church in St. Petersburg. It was magic for me to see the tombs of the great Russian Tzars and Empresses. As we stood at Catherine the Great's tomb, our guide leaned over to me and said "her son was murdered by British spies!" I have no idea if this is true or... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The impressive tall gold spire of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is a major landmark of St. Petersburg. The cathedral, situated in the fortress of Saints Peter and Paul, is the resting place of the tsars of Russia. Especially moving is the small side chapel where the remains of Nicholas II and his family rest. The gold iconstasis... More

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tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

With so many cathedrals to pick from, it is difficult to judge one over another. This one was part of a shore excursion so I went. Most cathedrals and grand in the ornate architecture, the inside of this one more so than the outside. Like most it has its charm and the history makes it stand out more than others,... More

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Nearly all of the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Tsar Nicholas II and his family are interred here in beautiful stone caskets. A very sobering site - especially the room in which Tsar Nicholas II and his family are laid to rest. The cathedral is officially a museum but religious services are still celebrated there. One... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The 400 ft. spire is seen for miles in St. Petersburg. Beautfil ornate interior you would expect for the Church for Royalty. So much history here--large marble tombs of many in the Imperial Family. Small chapel on side is dedicated to the Romanovs so tragically murdered in 1918.

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Santee, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Although one of the smaller Orthodox cathedrals in the city, it is quite beautiful. Also, as the final resting place of the Tsars and Tsarinas the historical significance cannot be overestimated. Put this on your must-visit list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A beautiful church with marvelous decorations and chandeliers but beware of pick-pockets at the entrance of the church. One of my tour mate lost his travel document and some money. The pick-pockets can steal from you like magicians.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

What an interesting experience this was! Situated inside the "Citadel of St. Petersburg", Peter and Paul Fortress. The graves of most of imperial Russia are here, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, and a chapel dedicated to the last Romanovs. The sarcophagi are very understated, but the church is beautiful! I highly recommend a visit.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This reminds me of Westminster Abby, with all the VIP burial spots. Together with The Cathedral of the Archangel in Moscow, you can see the final resting place of imperial Russia. The opulence of this church befits Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. It is a stunning venue and the final Czar's family burial room is chilling. A must... More

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This cathedral was not my favorite of the several we visited in St. Petersburg. Recently I found a video that gave a unique and extraordinary spin to what we had seen earlier. Go to the web site for Viking River cruises (this is not an endorsement of Viking). In upper right corner click on "menu." Scroll down to "Videos" and... More

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