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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 #45 of 991 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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Vicenza, Italy
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210 reviews 210 reviews
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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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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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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I found the inside of the Cathedral to be simply stunning. I thought it was amazing to see how much work had gone into the intricate details. It was unfortunate however that on the date of our visit much of the Cathedral was being restored, and so it was very noisy with much of it closed off. We were however... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The scenery and the surroundings of this Cathedral is outstanding ! Once you enter inside the gates you get this Royal feeling, as if you are privileged to experience this. The inside of the Cathedral is amazing, filled with gold sculptures and decorations ! Must visit

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The exterior tall spiral is distinctive. The inside is impressive with all its gold. A must see in St Petersburg.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The Peter and Paul Cathedral houses the tombs of nearly all the Romanov Tsars (and Tsarinas). Definitely a must if you're visiting the Fortress and worth the walking trip across the Neva if you're staying in the city center.

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