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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 #43 of 995 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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Indiana
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208 reviews 208 reviews
116 attraction reviews
358 helpful votes 358 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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126 reviews 126 reviews
56 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The Fortress and the Cathedral are a must-see if you visit St Petersburg, set in a commanding position on the north side of the river Neva and facing the Hermitage and Winter Palace on the south side. Great views too from the many river and canal cruises you can take, most of which sail across the Neva to take a... More

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This exquisite church in the Peter and Paul Fortress is the resting place of many of the tzars of Russia. Laid out across the floor of the sanctuary are massive tombs, some in white marble, some in a maroon marble, or grey, all beautiful. And if you take photographs, beyond is the gilt and statuary of this beautiful cathedral. Don’t... More

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Vicenza, Italy
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70 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The complex of the Fortress and the Cathedral are central to the history of Russia and are a must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg. It was a moving experience to view the tombs of the many emperors of this nation. Many of us who have heard the story of Nicholas II and Alexandra and the massacre of their family... More

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Toronto, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

it's easy to get overwhelmed by the opulence of the past in St. Petersburg and there is still something special about this church with the tombs of all the emperors of Russia - Peter the great is in the front right section of the church (generally surrounded by crowds) and the Romanov's are in the back right section (as you... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

I did this as part of an organised tour of the city. The cathedral is impressive. There is a lot of gold and everything is very ornate. The Tsars are all buried here including Peter the Great who founded St. Petersburg. There is also the memorials to Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family who were famously assassinated in the... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Make sure you take the audio tour - which gives you further details on the Cathedral and points out where the tombs of Peter and Catherine the Great, a host of Romanovs and also the last reigning Tsar, Alexander II and his family are. The audio tour is a separate charge on top of the entrance to the Cathedral, and... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful cathedral from far and close-up, amazing tapestries and stained glass inside. Tombs of many famous inside the cathedral; just a amazing site, grounds are wonderful to walk around as well. Can get quite busy, but since the place is so massive in size it's never too too busy to move from place to place.

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London, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is Russian Orthodox and located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress. It is the first and oldest landmark in St. Petersburg, on Zayachy Island along the Neva River. When we visited it was not too busy (as had been the other churches visited that day) so we were able to do this at a much... More

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