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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 1,021 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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tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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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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